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Kambo Healing – Can Frog Poison Fix All Your Problems?

Can this frog cure all our problems?

I first heard about Kambo (aka Kambô) when I was on a yoga retreat in Dharamsala.

On this retreat, I met an interesting woman from Surinam.  As an aside, she told me she had been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.  One of her personalities was quite a character: loud, charismatic and hilarious.

I noticed that she had strange small and symmetrical marks on her legs just above her ankles.  I asked what they were, assuming they were minimalist tattoos, but her answer surprised me and stayed with me which is why I am telling you about it now.

She told me the marks were from Kambo and explained that Kambo is a treatment from the toxic South American Kambo frog used to “reset” the body processes and provide a full chakra “reset”.

This frog is also known as the Giant Tree Frog or the Giant Monkey Frog.

This woman explained that the treatment is an uncomfortable process where the frothy poisonous saliva of this frog is applied to small burned openings on the body and is absorbed.  Fauna lovers will be pleased to hear that the extraction of the saliva apparently does not harm the frog – although I would have imagined the frog needs its Kambo for things such as defending itself against Amazonian snakes and the like.  I’ve also seen photos of this extraction taking place where the poor froggy looked pretty annoyed being stretched out like a prisoner receiving torture on the rack so I wonder… I wonder.

The Effects of Kambo

Apparently the effects immediately following treatment are unpleasant and last around 10 minutes.  The person receiving treatment is effectively being poisoned with a controlled dosage of venom. Blood pumps around the body much faster than usual and the patient will often feel nauseous, faint, experience severe visual disturbance or swell up to resemble the Kambo frog (a humorous idea to me).  Then, suddenly, the patient will experience violent rejection to the poison which will cause them to vomit and get severe diarrhoea.  Slowly the patient will start to recover and within the hour they are ready for normal life.  This woman in Dharamsala told me she has the procedure performed twice a year and that after application she always “goes blind” for a few minutes.

Hmm, blind you say?  

Doesn’t sound like a healthy idea to me and I doubt I will be trying it anytime soon.  But you can’t really knock something without personal experience so who knows, perhaps this does hold some answers despite sounding kind of extreme.  I know many who swear by the purported incredible and life-changing healing effects of the hallucinogen Ayahuasca which also causes a strong detox effect, among other things – but that also does not appeal to me.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good for someone else.  You gotta live and let live!

So What Exactly is in Kambo?

The frog saliva contains opiod peptides called Dermorphin and Deltorphin which are significantly stronger than morphine (like thousands of times stronger).

Could it be a Universal Panacea?

Fans of the treatment say it offers anti-inflammatory effects, can heal infections and regulate blood pressure and cure the body of pretty much any imbalance at all.  Every major disease and even mood disorders including depression are said to be curable with this treatment.  It “blasts” the chakras back into realignment.

It is proclaimed by some to be a universal panacea. There is a Facebook page dedicated to Kambo supporters in Italy and, according to Professor Gomes, scientists around the globe are studying the venom in the hope of finding a cure for cancer.  Researchers have been working to patent Dermorfine and Deltorfine with the backing of a major US pharmaceutical company.

A Positive Personal Experience with Kambo

You can read about Shivani Fox’s personal experience with Kambo to manage chronic back pain here.  She admits to being initially skeptical about the whole thing which made me more receptive to her story.  Her conclusion is that it did have positive effects and she will continue treatments in the future.

The Legend of Kambo

I also came across this comprehensive article called Kambo, The Spirit of the Shaman written by Marcelo Bolshaw Gomes, 
Professor of Sociology of Comunication, at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

In his article, Professor Gomes states: “Kambô circulates in the heart. Our shaman said that when we take Kambô it makes the heart move accurately, so that things flow, bringing good things to the person. It is as if there was a cloud on the person, preventing the good things to come, then, when it takes the Kambô; it comes a ‘green light’ which opens its ways, making things easier”.

He goes on to recount a Kaxinawá legend whereby a village shaman, under the effect of Ayahuasca, was sent a vision to extract the venom of this frog and how to use it to cure his people.  After his death, it became legend that this shaman’s spirit became one with the Kambo frog and his spirit is on a mission to protect the health of the indigenous tribes of South America.

Nice story, but is that all it is?

Have you had an experience with Kambo or know someone who has?  Share it here!

Photo: Wayne W G

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  • cristiana August 12, 2014, 1:16 am

    i have not tried Kambo, yet, however both my kids, adult kids of course, have done so. They both speak highly of it. My son had a worst experience, maybe because he is alergic to some things, not sure , however he effect of the poison did last longer with him than with my daughter who 30 minutes after taking it was on her way to catch a train………..i will be taking it this thursday, if nothing else , so that i can share experiences with both of them as i did with ayoaska……..we will see.

    • Layla August 12, 2014, 2:46 am

      Yes, I imagine the effects are very different for each person. All the best for your first Kambo experience this Thursday Cristiana! I’d love to hear how it goes. Hoping you have a positive and healing experience.

    • Nikki October 28, 2014, 10:36 pm

      Someone suggested I try this, as I have several health issues, but I am skeptical. It takes me longer to process things than most people. I attribute this to having type 1 diabetes (for the past 20 yrs). Dealing with chronic pain and inflammation on a continual basis, as well as depression and anxiety, I am so tired of feeling so terrible at what is generally considered to be a young age (<40 yo) and being unable to function/work normally. I'd like to hear about your experience if you don't mind sharing it. Doing something, that I know ahead of time, could make me violently ill seems a little crazy.

      • Jonathan February 26, 2016, 3:23 am

        I have recieved Kambo and seen it given to upwards of 30 people. The effects are diverse in the participants, but for everyone it is a very strong experience. So far though, I have never seen anything but good results afterwards. I think after 20 years of being on various man made medicines, and still feeling sick and depressed you owe it to your self to try alternative methods of healing, no matter how scary they may seem, especially if they come directly from the mother earth into your body, without the slightest bit of processing or manufacture.

      • solea September 19, 2017, 11:39 pm

        Hello Nikki,
        I could have written your post. Type 1 diabetic for over 20 years, 39 years old, thyroid issus, inflammation, chronic fatigue etc. I will be giving Kambo a try for a period of time and have an open mind. My goal is to eventually not need anymore med’s so I can be free. I’ ve researched and tried different avenue. Interrested to exchange infos. Let me know if you want to share 🙂

    • Michael July 26, 2015, 7:55 pm

      This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of, but if you people wanna poison yourselves, then by all means do so. I understand that after about an hour or so you will be completely fine but what is the point of experiencing pain, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. There couldn’t possibly be any benefits which make that worthwhile. Why don’t you just take a juice cleanse or some other weird crap if you reallllly need to “cleanse” yourself or whatever it is you people think that you get from running poison into an open wound.

      • Nikki July 28, 2015, 1:15 pm

        Michael,
        Shamans have been practicing this and other types of medicine for thousands of years. It’s not something you do for fun, by any means. If it had no benefit, then why are big pharmaceutical companies studying it?
        It was of great benefit to me, as well as many, many others. Broaden your horizons… Open your mind… Or don’t. But if you have nothing “worthwhile” to add here, you might consider simply leaving this conversation in peace. Many blessings and much gratitude.

        • Derek July 28, 2015, 7:04 pm

          I did kambo on sunday for the first time in my life and i am nearly 73 years of age. I was so disappointed as it didn’t have any effect on me at all apart from feeling the heat rise isto my head. Then waiting for the sickness to come and vomit like all the others around me. But zilch. Had 5 dots btw

          • Anna August 24, 2015, 9:30 pm

            Hi Derek!

            I had my first Kambo experience 2 days ago now. I had 7 dots, as suggested by our administrator.

            One of the other girls asked to have 5 burns, but Shep said he felt like he was asked to give her more (7) so at last minute he gave her another two. Lucky he did because she almost didn’t purge. It took a lot of inhaling of some sweet wood he was burning and holding under her nose to encourage her to purge.

            Later she said she was worried she wouldn’t be able to purge so was grateful for more burns, and said it was the smoke that helped her purge and she was grateful for it.

            I recommend based on this that when you try if again, you ask for a higher dose and some purging stimulants to assist your journey.

            Love and light
            Anna

      • Brett August 25, 2015, 7:15 am

        I certainly agree with Nicki! I did my second Kambo yesterday, and yes felt sick, and face swells, lasts for 1 hour depending your dosage, I had 5 dots last time and 7 dots this time, its something that should be done regularly Derek to feel the full benefits I belief. I feel great today and yes it gives me more energy. I will make it a monthly event for a year and then I will be in a position to give a full evaluation and a more experienced opinion. I am doing my 2nd Ayahuasca ceremony soon too. Now that is a life changer!! So Michael we all have a right to our opinion, but reading your opinion and the way it is written I think you need to stay conscious, breathe, and evolve by not living your life in fear! I hope your journey through life improves! Peace & harmony

        • Derek August 25, 2015, 9:38 pm

          My second Kambo this afternoon with the same Shaman so hoping to purge this time. I will ask him if he thinks more dots needed than the five first time around. It was he who advised 5 dots when I wasn’t sick after 3 dots
          I thought that I may be cleaner inside than the rest of the people there because I have been eating Raw vegan for the last 10 years. Who knows!!

          • Paul July 2, 2016, 8:43 am

            You can’t be vegan and do kambo – frogs are animals you doofus,

      • Andrew March 23, 2016, 1:04 am

        You are kind of assumptive, assuming that were all insane pouring poison from a frog into our wounds, well yes it does sound crazy, but there is actual research plus thousands of years of use among the tribes.

        I have personally used over 130+ Kambo dots with the most at one time being 23.

        I originally used this medicine because of studies of Dermorphin and Deltorphin that state that the peptide may actually help autoimmune diseases. There were anecdotal reports of people curing autoimmune diseases.

        Several studies note the substances use in immunomodulation.

        So Dermorphin and Deltorphin are pretty amazing well studied substances.
        https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=deltorphin+autoimmune

        • Ben August 10, 2017, 1:58 am

          Hi, Andrew – do you mind telling me if it helped you – i take it you have an auto immune condition?

      • Kate September 10, 2016, 2:32 am

        Your kinda closed minded there buddy!! And your comment is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard so the feeling is at least mutual. So I sopose you enjoy being poisoned by Big Pharma instead of connecting to mother earth’s abilities to heal?? What a knob!!!

      • Cho November 27, 2016, 3:00 am

        Thank you for the comment Michael. And I’m sure there are people like me with bad experiences but what I noticed is that we dont get heared. I wrote on several bloks about my experience and they never replied or even deleted my story. How fair and dangerous is that..?
        In short my experience: After Kambo, I became very sick, had constant pain in my stomach, could not work anymore. I went into psychose and had even boulimia because of it. This happend 2 years ago. Now I’m better since I have dont a lot of cleansing and healing. But still not like before and maybe it will never be anymore..

      • The Frog December 28, 2016, 11:03 am

        This reading is not for the small minded ego but for the everlasting mind. You should go elsewhere to leave your comments.

      • Monika Holmes May 8, 2017, 6:19 pm

        Dear Michael

        I red your comment and I myself was very sceptical about the Kambo detox / treatment whichever you wish to put it. My friend approached me about this as we both are into natural remedies and alternative healing. That time I was very stressed with my university studies and my head was like bomb waiting to explode. I am a very healthy person I eat very healthilly I juice organic fruit and veg and really take care of myself in that instance. I decided to take my chance to try Kambo and I trully have to say that as much as you can try to heal or stay healthy physically your mind and soul is also part of you that controls most of the things that happen to you. Meaning addictions to sugars, coffee, smoking, anxiety, depression day to day stress and mainly psychological well being. We can heal most of the things by good nutrition and keping fit but sometimes it really takes this something sepcial to heal our mind and help us to change the way we think and do things for better or worse. Waht Kambo did for me was absolutelly purified my mind my way of thinking much more clearly and changed the way I felt mentaly.
        I had 3 days to finish my biology dissertation and I did 3 pages and i really really strugled I was not sleeping struggled to eat and felt pretty broken because university studies really can be very very stresful and put you in a dark place because of the preasure we are under.
        Yes it is not pleasant yes it makes you vomit yes it my not be something some people would consider as way to detox but people that have the carriage to try different can really feel the impact of this ritual.

        What Kambo did for me is cleared my mind cleared my head and helped me to concentrate better as if my brain opened different dimensions and as I returned back to my university work to finally finsh it I found it so much easier to think and stress free completed my work. I also felt much more energised after my sleep easily waking up and even when day was miserable I felt like as if none of that mattered and even my friends could see difference in me. I was much more pleasant and my mind worked in some strange harmony. I forgot to mention that from young age I have suffered ADHD and my life has always been so scatty. Struggling to organise myself such as finishng things I started jumping from one thing to another before finishing what I was first doing basically scatty cat. And after my Kambo I started to see myself more settled, my anxiety was gone, things made more sense and I started to see I was actually starting to get better organised and thinking on the spot with much more sense.
        Everyone is different and kambo has different effects on different people but at the end of the day trying new thngs and opening new horisons in life you didnt think were there makes it so much worthe just to be more openminded and let our nature do its magic..
        By the way I stopped smoking and alcohol is something I dont need to be jolly. Kambo helped me to see my life from differernt perspective and I repeat the treatment every year since..

  • LaWren October 21, 2014, 1:50 pm

    I recently went to a ceremony with Aya and Kambo.
    I. Feel. Like. A. Su.per. Her.to. Period.
    I’ve done Aya 3 times now and Kambo is my 1st. I highly recommend the Kambo!! The discomfort you may feel is nothing in comparison to how you feel after. I received the medicine this past Saturday, Oct. 18th. It’s natures vaccine, natures gift to cure ANY impurity.

    • Layla October 28, 2014, 9:33 am

      Thanks for the feedback LaWren! Glad to hear that you had a really positive experience with it.

  • Barbara October 28, 2014, 9:19 am

    I took kambo twice by now starting with 5 and next time 7 applications. My experience was not bad, the point in taking it is staying focused and breath deeply all the time. I didn’t vomit i did start crying though The shaman that assisted me said that the blockages come out one way or another, so I guess every one has a different experience. I did experience the acidity in my stomach later and I became feverish but I continued with the ayahuasca session the same day so I guess the cleaning started with kombo and finished with ayahuasca. I will keep on taking it twice a year as I really feel the change in how I feel. And I recommend it to everyone who can beat the fear.

    • Layla October 28, 2014, 9:38 am

      Wow, that sounds pretty intense Barbara – to follow with an Ayahuasca session on the same day! Sounds like it was a deeply detoxifying experience for you.

  • michael November 1, 2014, 1:39 am

    I have done 3 kambo sessions in the last three months. It is becoming more available in US. I recommend it for fast detox. My experience was more gentle, start heating up and sweating within a few minutes. Feelings of nausea and some stomach pain. Feel very good later, stronger, cleansed. The third time I vomited 8 hrs. later, felt not good until next day. It is different for everyone and every time. Someone with me passed out briefly, she said one treatment healed many years of IBS. Have to prepare adequately, no food before, lots of water…good to fast after.

    • Layla November 1, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Thanks for the tips and for sharing your experience Michael. These real-life accounts are so interesting and helpful.

  • Nikki November 9, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the responses, you guys! Does anyone have any knowledge of type 1 diabetics taking Kambô? I’m curious about the effects it has specifically on them.

    • Tim September 29, 2015, 3:45 am

      I’m a 26 year old type 1 diabetic, I’ve done kambo 3 times now with no ill effect on my diabetes…just make sure you hydrate accordingly beforehand…1.5-2L of water is vital to purge effectively and not be in pain from dry heaving too much..make blood sugar is at a reasonable level prior to application, maybe even 200 mg/dL to be safe as you probably won’t be wanting to eat or drink anything after if you need to raise your sugar quickly! My teacher prepares blended watermelon juice for me to drink after the purge, it helps the stomach feel better more quickly..

  • Nikki November 28, 2014, 4:30 am

    I wanted to write an update: I’ve had two Kambô sessions in the past two weeks. It had no impact on my blood sugar at all. So for type 1 diabetics, I’d say as long as you check your blood sugar, you should be fine. Do the normal things you do to take care of yourself, no matter what your issues are. I had no trouble. My experiences were positive. Although I never got that superhero feeling people talk about, I do feel better. It’s caused me to look at the choices I make for myself, and try to do better. I did purge a lot in a downward direction the first time, with some vomiting, but not much. The second time, it was all upward purging and no downward. For about 20 minutes, it felt pretty intense. Tired, hot, sweating, stuck on the toilet, with a bucket in my lap. But, honestly, it passes very quickly. Two hours after the application of the Kambô, I was feeling perfectly fine and ready to eat something! Alot of my health issues stem from poor nutrient absorption in my gut, so being on the toilet the first time, it seemed like that was where I probably needed the healing. I was told to eat well, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest afterward. I have a third Kambô scheduled for the 8th of Dec. It’s not for the faint of heart, and you can’t be super self conscious of whatever bodily functions result from it. The practitioner knows what to expect, and they don’t care. Mine lit a block of wood, and other incense and started playing his guitar and singing songs. Once I was able to return from the bathroom, I laid down on some cushions and was covered up with blankets, as by that time, I was starting to get cold from sweating so much earlier on. I even cried a little bit, but in a cleansing way. It felt good. It was a positive experience. Even the burns on my arms weren’t super painful, but once the Kambô was applied, they burned like crazy. Lol still, it completely passes, and does so quickly. Just tough it out for maybe 30-40 minutes, and it’ll all be worth it.

    • Layla December 27, 2014, 12:32 am

      Another positive experience! Thanks so much for the great detail on this update Nikki. You’ve painted a vivid picture and hopefully it helps others make up their minds if they’re considering trying this.

  • marcella roberts December 24, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I will love to find out where can i do this in or near Boca Raton Florida?

    • Nikki December 31, 2014, 3:07 am

      Hi- try doing a search for intl association of Kambô practitioners. IAKP, I believe, has a woman listed in FL (not sure exactly where) who does it. Good luck! I had it three times now (In a single moon cycle), and it has helped me more than just physically. Also try the Kambô.me/smf forum too. Lots of good info there.

    • seth May 19, 2016, 8:31 am

      Soul quest does kambo its in orlando

  • Paulina Elizalde December 26, 2014, 3:52 am

    Hi, i had the venom on my arm and believe me, it’s very uncomfortable. I fainted and was all weak the rest of the day. Since that day (five months ago) i haven’t been sick of anything, my blood results came out greatly and I’m not sad anymore, that was the reason that took me there, i was eternally depressed with no reason. So, i hope i can help anybody with my testimony. 🙂

    • Layla December 27, 2014, 12:27 am

      That is so good to hear Paulina. If it cured chronic depression for you, that’s incredible. So glad to hear you are feeling brighter!

  • Derek February 4, 2015, 9:01 pm

    All these comment sound horrific to me. Has anyone actually died from
    the practice of Kambo?

    • tim chiswell April 25, 2015, 11:17 pm

      Not that i know of. Kambo (also known as sapo) is practised by a huge number of tribes throughout the Amazon region, and was already an old and established practice by the time it was first documented by the Spanish – so hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Indians have used kambo regularly over hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.
      I’d say tbat that establishes its safety profile in humans pretty well, and certainly better than some modern pharmaceuticals. The fact that there is a race amongst drug companies to isolate and patent some of the peptides contained in kambo suggests that level-headed, business-minded scientists are taking this seriously, and its not simply a new-age ‘fad’ swallowed unquestiongly from tribal traditions.
      However, as in all things, it pays to exercise common sense, and if one were to be suffering from serious, potentially life-threatening medical conditions (especially cardiac conditions), I would recommend doing more research and taking medical advice first.

  • holly February 6, 2015, 12:10 pm

    my first experience with Kambo was amazing. i look forward to having three time in a lunar cycle to receive the vaccination.. my experience was one of total acceptance of Kambo inside me, i experienced the intense heat of the green fire of transformation, then the purge.. during the whole experience i was aware in my body, with my process and communicating with the Kambo.. Kambo worked with my pineal gland, chakras, liver….i feel amazing, like a hunter sharp and focused directly after and can “see” very very well.

    i recommend the medicine Kambo, doctor Kambo, i thank you, i honour your medicine.

  • mr. kim salabim February 16, 2015, 8:39 am

    Thanks for the post. I have several friends that have worked and studied the frog medicine. Both norwegian and south amerikan. They all say many positive things about it! The native people sing and chant to call the frog. It comes volunterly and alove them to tie it up and stretch it, in order to extract the medicin. It suffer no harm

  • Kyashan March 20, 2015, 12:42 pm

    Kambo change my life

    • Kaley March 30, 2016, 2:57 am

      I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it unedastanerbld.

  • Caesar April 16, 2015, 6:57 am

    Is Kambo safe for children? 17 year old?

    • Layla April 17, 2015, 8:38 am

      Hi Caesar, thanks for your question! My answer is that I don’t know. However, from what I’ve read, I doubt that it is 100% reliably safe for anyone. It’s a venom after all. The quality of result surely depends in part on the standard of practitioner. And human beings can potentially suffer allergic and other adverse reactions to most things – so the result can also vary based on the individual undergoing the process. Most of the people who have commented here sound like they’ve been fortunate enough to have had fantastic experiences. But it also seems that sometimes things can go wrong. As a parent, and being from a culture which has no established history with this practice (meaning that I have limited knowledge and understanding of the practice), I would not consider encouraging or allowing my own child to undergo the process. Parents have a responsibility to act as sensibly as possible when it comes to their children’s wellbeing so an optional treatment that may or may not promote optimal health but that carries the risk of harm is probably not a great idea. However, I think adults should be free to make up their own minds about this practice insofar as their own health management is concerned.

  • tim chiswell April 25, 2015, 11:05 pm

    Kambo, from personal experience, is a very deep and healing detox. Sure, its uncomfortable, but then i wouldnt describe deep tissue massage, sweat lodges, having acupuncure needles inserted, or very hot saunas as exactly ‘fun’ either – yet all of them leave you feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated afterwards.
    Kambo is not ‘mind altering’ in the usually accepted sense of the word – there’s no ‘high’ or ‘trip’, instead it seems to work on a very deep, somatic level. It does, however, leave you mentally clear and focussed, and seems to help balance out emotional amd cognitive problems.
    It also definitely works well in combination with common entheogens and psychedelics – substances like ayahuasca seem ‘deeper’ and more powerful if one has cleansed with kambo first. I know of one practitioner who performs kambo before ibogaine sessions, often combining kambo with acupuncture, by citing the kambo burn points on relevant acupuncure points. Since kambo provides such a powerful and immediate detoxification, and ibogaine has solid research behind it to back its role in interrupting chemical dependencies, i think it would be well worth further exploring and researching the potential of protocols such as this for working with substance addictions, especially those like alcohol and heroin where there is a definite physical component to the addiction.

  • Kambo May 11, 2015, 9:50 am

    Kambo is a very POWERFUL experience..
    It has literally taken away my Wife’s MIGRAINES.. Yes i said it has taken AWAY her migraines after ONE session of KAMBO…!!
    Me, it has taken away 4 of my addictions like overnight, Our love making is MORE passionate, I am a happier person and i do not get mad anymore where as b4 i would get mad over any stupid thing…

    While Kambo is a very powerful experience (accelerated heart beat, body temp rises like having the flu, you sweat a lot, you are VERY TIRED, excessive vomiting and lots of diarrhea) which is about 30min worth.. The outcome is VERY WORTH it…
    just one hint of advise… DO NOT FIGHT THE KAMBO VACCINE or it WILL MAKE IT WORSE… trust me i know..!! Just let it run its course and allow it to do what it needs to do.. The more you accept it the easier it will be… This vaccine purges the body of toxins and re-boots your immune system..

    We have done it 3 times and will be going back for more…

    • Lauren Morrissey October 24, 2016, 9:49 am

      My friend has awful migraines and just did her first Kambo session and is experiencing the worst migraine of her life. Is this the medicine working???!! Any help would be appreciated.

  • Fertile Suncat May 29, 2015, 11:38 pm

    Hi!

    Does anyone have experience with kambo as alleviation/treatment for auto-immune or inflammatory diseases. For example in regards to post viral infections reactive arthritis or borelia? Specific alleviations in western medicine often seeks to lower the immune response or to somehow modulate the immunse response preventing the body from attacking its own tissues….what then with kambo, that is said to be an immune booster? Will it attack your body tissues more ferociously, or will it somehow regulate the immune response so as to feel better? I have the chance to take kambo, but im not sure if it will make it better or worse? Anyone with f.ex rheumatoid arthritis have experience with kambo?

    • Nikki July 6, 2016, 10:19 pm

      Suncat,
      I have autoimmune atrophic gastritis, which causes nutrient malabsorption for me. After doing 3 sessions in one month, I was able to absorb things better. I know this from my blood work. My last Kambô session was Dec 2014. The exception was iron. I did better for a few months, but was slightly anemic again by April 2015. I also have type 1 diabetes, which is autoimmune as well. It leveled out my blood sugars for about a month afterward. My fibromyalgia pain improved briefly, but I had more energy (most fms sufferers will tell you the fatigue is more bothersome than pain, bc if you have no energy, it doesn’t matter if your body feels ok). I experienced a systemic improvement with Kambô. I experienced more energy, less inflammation, fewer headaches, better sleep quality, improved blood work, i.e. CMP, CBC, and improved mood. As a symptom-heavy person, it was nice to break somewhat free of my major complaints. But I think for autoimmune patients, it’s something that has to be done periodically. I strongly encourage everyone to try it. I noticed the greatest benefit on my third trip. I don’t know if it was the specific number of dots I received, or the accumulated benefit of getting it done three times in 4 weeks. All I know is that it really helped me. I hope I was able to answer a few of your questions. Blessings….

  • alan May 31, 2015, 8:16 am

    Yes Kambo is safe for children – some of the tribes that use it start it at 2 years old. It is a wonderful medicine and has transformed my life in 6 months – so much so that I am studying to be a practitioner and will start practicing this summer.

    • Layla June 2, 2015, 10:37 am

      Thanks very much for your comment Alan. Great to hear it has been so beneficial to you. Regardless of the fact that some tribes may give it to children, I wouldn’t give it to a child. I think it is the type of optional procedure that an adult is entitled to decide to undergo for themselves but it seems wrong to impose such an invasive treatment on a child who is unable to make an informed decision. Wishing you all the best for your studies and your future practice!

      • sam December 12, 2015, 3:45 am

        how invasive is our traditional medicine? good question to be asked? removing the appendice, instead of treating it with a proper healing diet. for example.

        how many chemical components have come from such cultures? how has one come to chose which plants to use for what ailment? there is an underrated intelligence in nature, one we moved millions of miles from.

        we have commercialized chosen, unique components, apart from the whole cellular and molecular complex. and on the side exploiting that ancestral knowledge with no retribution, destroying the habitat and ridiculing the traditionnal ways of the medicine-men.

        there is love, and it spreads through any living cell, carrying all history and knowledge bound to its DNA. Let’s hope, before it is to late, we learn to live at ease with our not omniscient nature and let us be guided to the understanding of the whole with that warm and loving intelligence which uses ways we have learned to fear. Lost as we are in the comfort and fat self-sufficiency! far from the reality of the fact that we are trees that walk, and no human will ever reproduce that with such harmony, so many ways to cure the body-machine and put it back in its place, respectful and humble. and getting ready to die, moving to the next levels.

        🙂

  • Liv June 12, 2015, 8:05 am

    I’ve been suggested this therapy, I have mental health issues and it sounds like it could be great for this, one other small wuestion… As it detoxifies the body, does it help with weight loss? I know this is a very vain question but if it’s looking good for my mental health I was wondering would it also help me on my weight loss journey??

  • sjd June 19, 2015, 10:55 am

    In what universe is a seventeen year old man a child? He is old enough and strong enough to make his own decision. As long as he is well informed.

  • Andrew August 17, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Where can I find someone who does this combo

  • Paul Barber August 21, 2015, 11:14 pm

    I have had 2 kambo sessions with 7 dots each time. For 25 years I suffered from dermatitis after I got cascamite glue on my hands training to be a carpenter. I was permanently suffering with extremely dry hands, all the creases in my knuckles were split and open. I rarely get dermatitis recurring now, I was advised to take 3 sessions yearly for full benefit. Had I taken 3 I would no doubt have seen even better improvement. Also since having Kambo I have had the first eye test ever since 16 years of age in which my eye sight has not deteriorated, I have a strong prescription and thick lenses to correct my sight.
    The process is not particularly comfortable, and I’m not talking about the burns, the pain is a split second per burn, but the initial feeling of the poison inside your system feels gross. After effects are very pleasant for me, nice and relaxed, fresh, awakened and feeling strong .
    My advice to anyone wanting to try Kambo is first find a good shaman who understands the process and can advise on the amount of dots you need for it will vary from person to person, you need someone you can trust to look after you for during the ceremony, you will need looking after. Viva Kambo.

    • Carli March 30, 2016, 2:59 am

      That’s a slick answer to a chnnielglag question

  • Alen September 20, 2015, 8:23 pm

    I haved an 3Days Session of Kambo
    and it was not that hard at all after 10-20 Minutes all Intenese Felling washed Away.. I think personally after purge i feel much better every time !
    I dont have so much got out of it but i guess the things i needed some feelings where washed away and some clarity arises … and it really unfolds some new paths.. it is mystical how the medicine does that … i going to start eating raw food … and i have my clarity about want i want in my life .. and im starting school again and the go for an education in kindergarten 🙂
    In 2 Weeks i go for another 3 Times session now with more preperation for me it really works to fast 3-5 days completly and the receiving kambo .
    for met kambo is on one way a really subtle energie what needs your support to unfold naturally that means in my case the worst thing is to go on with smoking this destroys in my experience the energie of kambo … it is covering up the subtle energie of kambo… :)im starting to quit smoking tomorrow again ! And for those one as me please try it 2-3 Times before saying something about the Medicine ! and my take longer and more Session to reach in your System !

  • Eimi October 3, 2015, 3:17 am

    Hello there! I have tried, It was a strong experience, not for all, not sure about trying it again. But I believe we must respect the traditions of Amazonian people, it works for them. And above all respect the Amazonas and all the diversity, it doesnt sound good to me that some farmacological industry takes advantages of it and torture even more animals… After the ceremony I felt stronger and with my inmune sistem powered up!

  • yaro October 6, 2015, 12:55 pm

    thank you so much !!

  • Laura October 9, 2015, 5:21 am

    Hi everyone … Very interesting comments … I’m itching to try this just worried about the side effects but my god it sounds worth it … My main reason for wanting to try this is since running my own business I seem to be suffering from sereve aniexty causing me a lot of physical symptoms (dizziness) (fainting) and (panic attacks ) it generally effects my life on a daily basis I have tried many medications from the gp and cbt thearpy but now looking for that miracle cure is kambo that ? I hope so !!

  • Maria November 16, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I tried Kambo last month and will be returning for 2nd time in a few days. I have some health issues with underactive thyroid, I am ill a lot with very low immune system and told my lymphatic system has some blockage when I had acupuncture..My first experience it was not pleasant, intense and a little scary for me, I was not able to purge at first but was given some nu nu a tobacco in powder form blown up each nostril that was quite trippy and I began to feel nauseous I vomited a lot and had diarrhoea. Towards the end though it was very beautiful the shaman was singing, drumming and playing guitar, I was told to rest and covered in a blanket I fell asleep and had some beautiful vivid dreams. I felt very weak afterwards and continued to have diarrhoeas. After 2 days I felt better, cleaner body. lighter and more clarity, some wonderful things have come my way since but I definitely need the 3 sessions to help with my health problems.

  • bwcma December 7, 2015, 3:35 pm

    There are a lot of universities on the planet
    that offer free online programs to the students who’re intelligent
    and really want to get increased schooling.

  • Devin December 26, 2015, 11:30 pm

    Used it, many times. It’s safe, effective etc.. What it really does??? It basically just tricks your body into thinking it’s being invaded by an alarmingly powerful pathogen causing your immune system to be on high alert and become highly active. It can be compared to capsaicin in hot peppers which acts like an irritant and cause you to burn and hurt – again- tricking your body into turning on your immune system. Hope this helps!

  • Simon Scott January 15, 2016, 1:27 pm

    I read the comments here with great interest and would like to offer my services to those who wish to work with Kambo safely and in a traditional way. I am trained in South America and have been giving Kambo full-time for over five years. Thank you.

    • Nicola March 13, 2016, 12:30 am

      Hello, could you please tell me if this treatment is appropriate for someone with an AUTOimmune inflammatory disease. To me it sounds like the kambo increases the immune function, which may be the opposite of what you would want in an auto immune disease. I am also concerned as I am underweight and wonder how much vomiting and diarrhea I can stand. I often end up in the ER if I have vomiting and diarrhea due to illness or medication reactions. If someone does have a bad reaction such as anaphalaxis, do shaman usually keep any emergency items on hand or is it a good idea to have this done close to a hospital? Thanks

  • Roberto March 3, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Hi. I am very curious about kambo but I don’t feel as though I have anything in particular that is wrong with me. A lot of people who’ve had these sessions have had issues such as diabetes, mental health etc. As far as I’m aware I don’t have any issues but I have took drugs bought on the black market for years and feel as though I’ve probably not done my body any favours apart from opening my mind.

    I feel as though I’m on a journey trying to find something at the minute. Whether it be in religion or just finding where I belong I don’t know. I’m moving to ibiza this year for my third season but I’m planning on staying there for good.

    I suppose my question is, should I undergo a session of kambo to cleanse my mind and sort of rid it of all the bad chemical/man made drugs I’ve had over the years?

  • Cho April 18, 2016, 10:22 pm

    Hello everybody.. I have don’t Kambo 15 months ago and it changed my life, in a BAD way!! I got 23 dots and ended up with pain in my stomach for 3 months. Vomitting constantly which ended in bulimia. My mental state changed to, went into a psychosis, analyzing my thoughts, bad memory, emotionally imbalanced and very sensitive. I didn’t felt capable of working for half year and didn’t want to live anymore but I got out of my suicidal thoughts and feelings..
    I know I can’t be the same more weird.. Big damage has done to my body and mind. I am not social anymore and have no clarity in mind.
    I have tried so many things to heal myself, but can it recover and be normal again?? I feel like my life is ruined, no future anymore..
    I’m going for an intense detox, hope this last solution will do something good. If anyone can help me always welcome to let me know. Cho

    • Nikki August 28, 2016, 12:02 am

      Did you have 23 dots all in one session? If so, that is just too much. I’m no doctor or practitioner, but I would say that 23 dots at one time is something that even the most strong, fit, experienced people would definitely hesitate to do. You should talk to Simon Scott. Perhaps he’s heard of this in his years as a Kambô practitioner. Best of luck in all your healing!

    • Drew March 14, 2017, 3:39 pm

      23 dots is way too much. I did it first time 5 dots had a very fast and horrible reaction. The Shamen took it off quickly. However I feel so much better and healed then before. He said I was on drugs or had lots of metals in me. I live very clean drink only water and eat organic but did chainsaw repair for decades and do have lots of metal in me. The other first timer needed 10 dots to feel anything. 23 dots is for strong warriors of the rainforest with little toxins and disease.

  • Della April 20, 2016, 1:52 am

    I’m in route to Sedona to recieve Kambo from the very kind and knowledgeable, Simon Scott. ? Feeling much gratitude and love as I approach this experience!

    Much love,
    Della

  • Ali April 26, 2016, 1:08 am

    I had 7 dots 3 days ago for the first half me. I had lots of diarrhea first and lots of vomiting later in 30 minutes.
    Today I had it again with 8 dots. I had very little diarrhea and no vomitting at all. I really wonder where all these 2 liters water that I just had, went.
    After 5 hours I feel discomfort in my stomach which I did not feel at all in my first experience. Any comments?

  • Jackie May 3, 2016, 6:00 am

    Wondering if this would work for addiction?

    • Gosh May 4, 2016, 7:39 pm

      I just finished my 40 days, every day one dot cure on myself. Previously I had 8 times the full cure of 3 occasions (Three sessions every second-third month).
      I had the intention in this 40 days to raise my awareness over Kambo and what the experience depends on in order to help others by becoming a practitioner.
      Some of my findings:
      -When I did it in the early morning and had the chance to rest a bit after, the whole day was amazing. Happy, energized and stable.
      -When eating meat or sugar 5 hours before, it made the experience difficult.
      -It was very important to me not to resist and not to react. Just pay attention and let it happen.
      Jackie – Addiction is too general. My experience is that I don’t really feel like drinking any alcohol ever since. I was not alcoholic. I just went to wine tastings and liked the wines as a hobby. This enthusiasm has certainly changed although i had no judgement on it.
      On my smoking I had a judgement and yes throughout this one year I started to feel deep disgust toward smoking and I don’t smoke ever since. I don’t even need to fight with wanting to smoke. When I think of it I feel sick.
      Cho – very sorry to read what happened to you. 23 dots seems a bit too much. I am open do discuss it with you deeper. If you feel like, you can send me your contact.
      I have also some experience on others doing Kambo. Some people had huge expectations and they fought for getting out the most. Some just let this wonderful medicine work as it works naturally.
      I think violating Kambo by expecting and fighting or even expecting that it will change your life might not be the perfect attitude.
      You are the master of your life and you can change it and shape it and create amazing things in it. Kambo is not doing the work instead of you. This is the sad news. The good news is that with humble curiosity and open heart you together can create a miracle.

      • Mary March 13, 2017, 1:28 pm

        Hi, do you know if it is safe for someone with liver fibrosis from hepatitis. The hepatitis is hopfully still gone.

    • Neil May 7, 2016, 12:49 pm

      It’s help me in my recovery a great deal.. It detox’ your negativity and really helps you understand and accept things as they are..
      Perfect?

    • Leah Boulter October 5, 2017, 1:20 am

      After one dot treatment of Kambo I have finally been able to give up smoking,
      I had an experience that reminded me what had triggered the start of smoking in the first place and I have been able to move past this.

  • jackie May 3, 2016, 6:01 am

    Also, will this show positive on a urine drug screen for opiates?

    • Neil May 7, 2016, 12:47 pm

      No! Absolutely not

  • Brantley June 26, 2016, 4:58 am

    Placebo. The stronger the treatment, the stronger the perceived effects. Lot’s of talk, I have yet to see any compelling evidence. Until it is backed by such I think what people are experiencing in a placebo effect on subjective symptoms.

    • Ronan August 26, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Have you tried it for yourself ?

    • Nikki August 28, 2016, 12:11 am

      Brantley,
      Major Pharmaceutical companies have been researching Kambô a great deal in the past 30 years. There are substances in the venom that are very powerful pain relievers, in particular. They have attempted making synthetic versions but you cannot extract just one component from the whole compound and expect it to work the same way. People used to same the same thing about cannabis, too, but it was only ignorance that made them believe that. Rather than assuming something negative, why not try to approach it as something positive, and ripe with possibilities? Western medicine has certainly done more damage to the human body than Kambô ever could. Instead of calling us fools, you could be happy for those who receive something positive from their own experience with it. Be well…

    • oneguy May 7, 2017, 9:25 am

      lol – just do it yourself and be your own judge. You definitely won’t die and if you allow yourself to let go, you may just free yourself from toxicity and imbalance, even if you don’t think you have any. Not enough weight has been given to the powerful emotional clearing and healing in this discussion. I’m guessing you will bump up against some stuff there if you try it. Some people resist and fight it, it’s better to just purge, let it go and be well. It all happens at a very primal level and often times you are unaware of what you have let go of until a later time as it unfolds into your daily life. btw I don’t do kambo on folk at all, I’m just someone who has experienced profound healing, physically as well. So take an anecdote with a grain of salt if you will, but the benefits are clear, documented and if anything, shared by people the way things used to be

  • Rachel July 9, 2016, 6:51 am

    I have been treated since my teenage years with a concoction of antidepressants, antipsychotics and sleep aids for severe cyclical depression and suicidal ideation. I also had seizures related to low blood pressure. I gave up on conventional medicine after 2 decades of ever increasing levels of treatment and continued deterioration to the point I had rationally decided to end my life. Then I tried Kambo as a last ditch effort to balance myself. And it worked! It is early days but the difference is already remarkable. I feel hopeful. I am making plans. I have just landed a new job and my family and friends are breathing a sigh of relief. I have had 2 treatments – which were as horrible as described – and I plan to have one more on practitioner advice. Kambo has quite literally saved my life. I also have not had a single absence or seizure and am taking nothing to prevent this. Kambo is everything I hoped it would be. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone suffering as I was.

  • Bri December 21, 2016, 6:17 pm

    Him anyone who knows where kambo is practised in Europe- Germany/Austria?
    Thanks.

    Bri

    • sam December 25, 2016, 3:39 am

      france, switzerland

      good practicioner

      • Bri June 9, 2017, 5:29 pm

        Thanks for yor comment.
        Please can you mail
        me your recomanded Kambo-practicioners inSwitzerland and France.
        Thank you so much!
        Kind regards
        Bri

  • Jackie Wilson March 16, 2017, 4:20 am

    I would like to know if kambo helps with nerve regeneration and or nerve pain.

  • Psy pups June 12, 2017, 11:16 pm

    Hi guys. Just had my first session. Was certainly interesting. Back home, fully cleansed now. Just wondering if I can smoke a bit of weed or will that cancel out the effects? Thank you

    • oneguy June 14, 2017, 11:03 am

      I’d wait a week or two. You want to listen close to Señor kambo and weed messes with that line of communication especially in quantity, it can also quickly become a pattern.. unless you’re rock solid and know where the disconnection occurs and how to bring it back to kambos energy and spirit quickly. I’d sit with the frog for a bit 🙂

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