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Can I receive Kambo if I’m taking medications?

Some medications may be contraindicated. Please disclose all supplements and medications before receiving Kambo, as well as any major surgeries.

Is Kambo ethical?

We choose to work with the Matses tribe because of their ethical practices. It is against the spiritual belief system of the Matses to harm the frogs in any way. These frogs live high in the trees of the Amazon Rainforest. To collect the secretion, a song is sung to call the frogs down from the trees. They do not need to be caught with force, as they arrive willingly. They do not have predators, which may be the reason they do not struggle when captured. Often a shaman will massage the toes of the frog to stimulate the secretion. With a gentle touch and care, their limbs are tied lightly with string to collect the secretion. An analogy for this is a hair band on the wrist that leaves a light, temporary indentation on the skin. The frog’s limbs retain this indentation from the string for some time after, which indicates whether it is appropriate to collect more secretion. If there are still indentations, the frog will not be used to gather more, as it will need more time to produce enough secretion to share while still being able to protect itself. Approximately the first 20% of the secretion is collected to ensure the frog maintains its defense mechanism. The secretion is removed and placed directly onto wood sticks, where it dries into a layer that looks much like a lacquer. The Matses collect the secretion with no harm to the frogs.

What are the contraindications?

Brain injuries (please contact us to confirm) Pregnancy Organ transplant Some heart conditions (please contact us to confirm) Addison’s Disease Strokes High Blood pressure treated with medication Sleep aids Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome Fasting less than 3 days prior Some mental health conditions Please disclose all health complications to your practitioner before using Kambo.

Are there any side effects?

The short answer is no. The experience after receiving Kambo is completely dependent upon the individual. Most report feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and lighter. One thing to consider is what is known as the Herxheimer reaction. This simply means that sometimes one will feel worse before feeling better as things move through the system. Unless there is an existing chronic condition, it is unlikely that this effect can be foreseen, and the effect is not guaranteed. Often, there is a burst of energy and drive. However, it is recommended to allow time after a session with no scheduled obligations or commitments (physical or mental), at least for the rest of the day, to allow time for integration and rest. The experience is not necessarily taxing, though it does require some physical stamina. Kambo is completely safe when used properly under the care of a trained practitioner. The only potential harm is when there is undisclosed information about substances taken prior to the session, as there are a few contraindications. Please always inform your practitioner of all medication, supplements and any other substances taken in the six months months prior. Also know that mental illnesses are important to discuss with the practitioner prior to the session.

How many treatments do I need?

This completely depends on your condition, goals, and individual needs. Contact us for more information.

What Happens during a Kambo session?

During the process, the secretion is mixed with water and formed into small dots, or “points.” A small, superficial burn is made on the top layer of skin to allow the Kambo to travel into the lymphatic system. Each experience is different, though it usually begins with a pleasant heat as the medicine scans the body and travels to specific areas, disseminating into the tissues. As the bio-peptides activate in the body, heart rate increases and the face may also swell, differing based on the receiver's level of toxicity. Next, the effect varies greatly – the cleanse can take on the form of purging, diarrhea, crying, sweating, yawning, or a feeling of electricity as the mind, body, and spirit release both physical and energetic blockages. Afterwards, you may feel lighter, freer, and more in-tune with the higher self. Days to weeks later, people usually feel incredibly relaxed with clarity, pain reduction, and ease in life. Throughout the process, tools such as sound therapy and energy work are utilized to guide and protect you.