How To Prepare For Kambo

As I rolled up my sleeve to receive my first Kambo burns, the mantra “trust the medicine” was playing over and over in my mind like a broken record. On the flipside, while a Western facilitator may lack the wisdom and experience of an indigenous facilitator, they could have the benefit of knowing more about contraindicated medications and health conditions. There choice between Western or indigenous facilitators is not straightforward and depends on what exactly you’re looking for.

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Usually for a first treatment, one should expect to receive 3-5 points. Generally the marks go away in about 1-6 months, depending on how healthy the body is. We find later sessions healing quicker than previous ones because the body is running more optimally.

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In general, kambo is not used to treat eating disorders and should not be used if you are actively bingeing and purging. Read more about Hapé here. But there are anecdotal accounts of kambo helping people deal with their eating disorder. But an eating disorder will complicate your kambo treatment, so you should take steps to ensure your psychological and physical safety. Bulimia can cause several long-term health effects that last even after you have stopped binging and purging. Some of these effects—such as high blood pressure, a weakened heart, and inefficient kidneys—can make it dangerous for you to use kambo. Kambo temporarily increases heart rate, which can lead to a heart attack in people with weakened cardiovascular systems.

What You Should Know to Have a Safe Kambo Experience

If we want to keep kambo legal, and make sure that everyone has access to its healing benefits, we must minimize avoidable deaths. If authorities get the impression that facilitators can’t manage the risks, it’s likely that this ancestral medicine will find itself restricted and stigmatized. “There are a number of very simple safety protocols that make a tremendous difference in reducing the risk of accidents related to kambo. The biggest risks of kambo are hyponatremia and the participant potentially fainting and injuring themselves.

Could These Deaths Have Been Avoided?

Since kambo affects heart rate and blood pressure, people with conditions related to the heart should avoid taking it. Heart or blood pressure medications should not be combined with it. Kambo deaths involving people who are left unattended (such as the case in Brazil in 2008) are likely due to poor facilitation, and could possibly have been avoided. Similarly, when people are allowed to drink too much water after a ceremony, this indicates a facilitator who has failed to educate and care for their participants. It can cause vomiting, a drop in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate, and a boost of adrenaline.