How is Kambo applied and how will it make me feel?

Kambo is administered privately or in a group setting with a properly trained practitioner that closely supervises the entire treatment.

Small holes called gates are burned on the surface of the skin, about 1/8” across or less. The top thin layer of skin is gently rubbed off exposing the epidermis below - there is no blood. The number and placement of the gates differ for each person depending on the individual. The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small dots that are then placed on the gates. The Kambo directly enters the lymphatic system so the effects are felt very quickly. Although the effects of the Kambo are immediate, intense and strong, the majority of the unpleasantness is usually over within 15 to 30 minutes. Within a few moments of receiving the medicine, most people will experience a warm to hot flush in the upper body and face accompanied by an increased heart rate.

At this point, people react in different ways. Some may feel dizzy or spaced out, while some will have swollen lips or face and feel a slight tingling on the skin. It can feel as if the Kambo is racing around in the body, scanning for issues and then going directly to a specific place to begin working on that area. It is possible to feel a discomfort, throbbing or burning sensation in a particular area for a short time. Kambo is not psychoactive so it does not produce hallucinations, however, reality can seem altered for a short time. Some people will receive insights and direction for living in healthier ways. Most people will feel nausea and will purge out the toxins.

All types of purging may occur as Kambo works on physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels. Near the end of the session, some people will feel tired and will want to rest. Usually within an hour or so, people feel much better and may experience what is affectionately described as the Kambo glow.