Kambo ceremonies usually last about an hour, sometimes more, depending on the individual. The experience is quite intense and will cause your heart to beat faster.
Kambo is an intense experience and, according to Todd, “not for everyone.” But, it also has incredible biohacking benefits that might make the extremeKambo ceremony experience well worth it. “It’s 15 to 25 minutes of extreme discomfort for long term benefits,” Todd adds. Read more about Kambo School here. The popularity of alternative medicine has increased greatly over recent years and continues to do so. Kambo is a traditional healing practice within many cultures, but it is still relatively new to Western societies. Many people report feeling a burning sensation throughout their bodies.
When the symptoms begin to decrease, a shaman may encourage the person to rehydrate by drinking water. Though there are plenty of first-hand accounts from people who have taken part in the cleanse, none of the potential benefits described above are scientifically proven. Dr. Kuhn points to one woman who had nausea and vomiting for a prolonged timeframe after a Kambo cleanse and went to an emergency department. There’s also an unexpected risk to Kambo cleanses—overhydration.
Risks and side effects
There are people who’ve taken Kambo with almost none of the purgative effects, with nausea and vomiting being the most frequently experienced. The shaman will burn tiny holes into the top layer of your skin using a vine or sometimes an incense stick, then gently scrape the area before applying the Kambo dots. Sometimes referred to as gates, the burns help the Kambo enter the bloodstream faster. Modern practitioners often administer it on chakras, which are energy points throughout the body. Next, a practitioner will use a burning stick to create a number of small burns on the skin, resulting in blisters. The blistered skin is then scraped off, and the kambo is applied to the wounds.
I do recommend eating clean, no processed or fried foods, 3 days before and after. Cristina’s journey with Kambo began when she followed her curiosity to Peru to work more deeply with ayahuasca. Once in Iquitos, Cristina met Peter Gorman, author of Sapo in My Soul, who was the first to tell her about Kambo medicine. Peter introduced Cristina to his guide and good friend, Juan, who is a friend of the Matsés indians and able to take her to learn directly from the masters of Kambo medicine. I reached out to the Rebecca as I had done Kambo before in Peru in 2016 and was looking for a local practitioner. Although I was at first nervous about doing this again, Rebecca made me feel comfortable and confident in her abilities plus as a bonus she’s also a Nurse!. She was super warm, friendly and comforting during the entire process and completely present to me that day.