Ask the Kambo Warrior

Carlos with the phyllomedusa bicolor

Is Kambo safe?

When administered by a trained and knowledgable practitioner, Kambo is very safe.  However, Kambo is not for everybody as there are contraindications. It is essential to disclose all medications and supplements being taken as well as any persistent mental health issues.  

Is Kambo a psychedelic, is it legal?

Kambo is not a psychedelic. Sometimes Kambo gets confused with the toad, Bufo Alvarius wich its secretion has psychedelic effects.  Kambo is legal anywhere in the United States and around the World. 

What is Kambo traditionally used for?

Kambo has been used by the indigenous tribes of the Upper Amazon for thousands of years. Traditionally, it has been used to clear “panema” or bad luck from a person. Additionally, tribes have used it to heal and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Also, Hunters take Kambo before a hunt to improve their eyesight and stamina, and they often will place a small dot on the noses of their hunting dogs to improve their sense of smell. Sometimes children will be given Kambo if they are misbehaving or if they need treatment for an illness. And, of course, Kambo is used medicinally to treat malaria, snake bites, sickness, etc. 

What benefits can I expect from Kambo?

Kambo contains many bioactive peptides that perform specific and positive biological functions in the human body.  As these peptides work on clearing out the toxins from our organs and skin, the benefits can be quite amazing. Some of which are increased energy, clearer vision, more focus, lifting of depression, less pain, sense of clarity, more emotional intelligence, open heart, improved balance, and an overall better sense of being. The benefits are different for everybody and really depend on where we are in our lives and how much work we are willing to put into our own healing. Although Kambo is a powerful tool, we must meet the medicine halfway, surrender to the process, and be willing to do the integration work afterward.   

Are there any side effects?

 The short answer is no. However, Kambo has a tendency to pull from us that which is already there. This is known as Herxheimer Reaction or Herxing. Kambo contains peptides that kill off bad bacteria and pathogens in the body. As these things "die" off and process out of the body, they release neurotoxins that cause the body to feel bad. So you may experience with intensity the very thing that brought you to Kambo. I suggest being gentle with yourself, give time to the process and lean into the experience. For some people, it may take up to 72 hours to feel fully recovered. You may feel lethargic and tired. Givin yourself time to rest and recover is extremely important in the Kambo process. 

How many sessions do I need?

While this is entirely up to you, it really depends on what brings you to Kambo. One basic session is a great introduction to “sitting with the frog.” And for some, this is enough. But if you are dealing with deep issues or have serious health problems, I suggest 3 sessions in a short period of time to truly receive the deep benefits of Kambo. Each session goes a bit deeper than the previous session, doing more work each time. Always discuss your needs with a practitioner to come up with a treatment plan that best meets your goals for working with Kambo. If you are dealing with serious health issues, many sessions will be needed over a longer period of time. ou may feel lethargic and tired. Givin yourself time to rest and recover is extremely important in the Kambo process.