IS KAMBO SAFE?
Yes when administered by a properly trained practitioner and the client is not contraindicated. See exceptions page on this website.
HOW IS KAMBO APPLIED?
A very small vine is heated until it is glowing and then is used to lightly burn the utmost top layer of skin (the layer of skin that peels off with sunburn), the Kambo is then mixed with water and scraped into small balls with a glue like texture. This is then gently pressed into the burn marks where the lymphatic system absorbs the medicine. The burning is no worse than a slight pin prick.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The Kambo will get to work quickly, usually you will feel a slight prickly feeling with in a few seconds around where the kambo has been applied, then your heart rate and blood pressure will rise for a few minutes then the heart rate and blood pressure will fall. Within about 5 – 15 minutes you will begin to feel sick (this is the medicine working around your system bringing toxins into your stomach), then you will purge this out into a bucket. After you have purged you will begin to feel a lot better. You may feel a little tired afterwards and need to take it easy for the day or you may feel energised, it is different for everybody but usually you feel the benefits over the next couple of days.
HOW WILL I FEEL DURING THE TREATMENT?
You may feel uncomfortable, sick, light headed, tingly, shaky and old repressed emotions coming to the surface. Usually the client feels most uncomfortable just before they purge, and will feel better afterwards. Sometimes the client may feel a warm glow as the Kambo works on a certain area.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
About 30 – 40 minutes from application until fully purged, sometimes it is over in a shorter period of time or a little longer.
I HAVE HEARD I MAY SWELL UP, WILL THIS HAPPEN?
Sometimes people may get some slight swelling of the face, this is not uncomfortable and you will return to normal within a couple of hours.
DO I NEED TO FAST?
Yes an 8 hour fast from food is needed, herbal teas and water is fine up to an hour before, only drink small amounts of fluids on the day of the treatment.
IS KAMBO AN HALLUCINOGENIC?
No, you may feel like you are in an altered state similar to deep meditation. It is not the visionary Bufo Toad medicine of the Mexican desert and no it is not the one that Homer Simpson licked!
ARE THE FROGS HARMED?
No, the medicine I get is from the Matses tribe who collect the medicine with utmost care and respect. To harm the frog is to bring bad luck to their families and the tribe. They sing to the frogs and they come down from the trees to be collected, they then gently tie the legs and massage their feet to produce the poison, which is gently scraped with a small stick. The frogs are very docile during the whole process and have no fear. The frogs are released back to the same spot from where they have been collected.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF KAMBO PRACTITIONERS (IAKP)?
Is a non-profit organisation that is working to promote safe Kambo usage held with good integrity through a code of conduct and training practitioners to a very high standard. The IKAP also brings funds to the Matses tribe in the Peruvian Amazon. The IAKP gets all of its Kambo directly from this tribe. The lands of this tribe sits on the border with uncontacted tribes and is at the front-line of illegal logging and oil exploration. For more information please visit www.iakp.org
Copyright of Paul Murphy and Karen Darke/IAKP. with thanks for the usage of such information.