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The Kambo Ceremony

Preparing for a Kambo Ceremony

Please take some time to consider and define clearly for yourself why you are feeling called to work with Kambo. What are you intending to release and what are you calling in. The days leading up to your ceremony it can be helpful to reflect on your intention and hold it as a prayer within yourself.

Participants are recommended to avoid heavy, greasy, carb and sugar heavy foods at least 1-3 days leading up to the ceremony. Foods containing processed vegetable oils, refined sugars, dairy, caffeine and other forms of junk food laden with chemical flavourings are strongly discouraged on the day before and after you sit with Kambo. 

Alcohol must be cut out 72 hours leading up to ones ceremony.

Cannabis must be cut out 24 hours leading up to ones ceremony.

 

Taking a break from mental stimulants such as Social Media and TV before a ceremony is also very helpful and allows for a more surrendered and focussed experience with Kambo. 

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The Kambo Ceremony
 
The Full Kambo Ceremony from start to finish will take between 2-3 hours. It is required that your stomach be totally empty meaning no food for 10 hours prior the ceremony start time, and no water 2 hours before. Please do not take any medications or supplements the morning of your ceremony; you may bring them and take them afterwards. Make sure you get them cleared first as a small amount of medications may interact with Kambo.
 
I offer a safe and protected space for you to express your intention and share how you are feeling before proceeding with the application of Kambo.
 
We will decide where on the body you would like to receive Kambo. If this is your first time sitting with Kambo we will do what is called a “Basic Treatment” which is Kambo applied either to the upper arm, or lower leg. These are the traditional locations where the Amazonian tribes receive Kambo. After your first ceremony is complete you may receive Kambo on other areas of your body in subsequent ceremonies. Many people like to have the body area connected with their intention, such as a charka point, meridian point or area where they have experienced a past injury. Some locations are off obviously limits such as the head, neck, nipples, genitals and inner thigh.  Body locations closer to the heart tend to cause a faster reaction and bring on the purge quicker.

Once we have chosen a location I will use an unscented incense stick to remove the first layer of skin. The burn feeling lasts only for a fraction of a second and is necessary to open the gates that allow Kambo to enter into the lymphatic system. 

After this it is time for participants to drink 2 litres of water - they will have 15 minutes to do so. When the water has been finished the Kambo will be applied to the skin and the process will begin. If it is your first time receiving Kambo I will do a test point to test for any adverse reactions.
The Kambo Process
 
Within minutes of the Kambo being applied the body will experience a number of sensations such as a change in temperature, quickening of heartbeat, dizziness, fatigue, and temporary rise in blood pressure. After a few more moments the blood pressure will drop and the purging will begin. Extreme nausea is to be expected. The main ways one purges is either by vomiting and/or using the toilet. It is also common for participants to purge through a shaking sensation that moves through their nervous system, or by letting out emotions. I will be there the whole time to hold space for your process and ensure you are safe.
 
 
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Kambo is not a psychedelic substance. It does not cause visions or allow for journeying like other traditional medicines found in the Amazon. It is a mostly physical process and definitely can be uncomfortable and challenging. While the experience is short (20-40 minutes) it definitely requires a level of surrender and acceptance of the discomfort. 
If one is deemed as healthy enough to receive Kambo and does not have any of the contraindications listed below, there is very little danger in this process.  
Resting Period
 
Once the purging process is complete the Kambo is removed from the skin. Within minutes of the Kambo being removed the feelings of nausea diminish and participants are encouraged to lay down and rest for around 30 minutes. During this time I can offer Sananga eye drops. Sananga is yellow coloured liquid made from the roots of the Tabernaemontana Sanana, a shrub from the Amazon Jungle. It is traditionally used to improve ones eyesight, clear up any negative energy around the head area and decalcify the pineal gland.

After you have rested I will serve food and we can informally discuss your experience.
 
The day of your ceremony please make sure that you have no important obligations and are able to spend time in quiet. Some recommendations that can help with the integration process are journalling, meditating, going for walks, sitting in nature and just generally having a simple and stress free day.
 
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Everyone has a different integration process. Some may feel joyous and full of energy while others may feel emotional intensity and fatigue (or a combination). This is normal.

What is important is that you make time for yourself to sit with whatever is coming up for you. Please continue to keep your diet clean and avoid alcohol and cannabis for another 24 hours. Large amounts of alcohol must be avoided for 7 days post Kambo ceremony. 
Contraindications
 
The following may not safely take Kambô:
  • People with serious heart problems
  • People who have had a stroke
  • People on medication for low blood pressure (this is extremely rare)
  • People who’ve had a brain hemorrhage
  • People who have aneurysms or blood clots
  • People who lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo
  • People with serious mental health problems excluding depression and anxiety
  • People undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for 4 – 6 weeks afterward
  • People who take immune-suppressants for an organ transplant
  • Women who are pregnant or may be so
  • Women who are breast-feeding a child under 6 months old
  • People with Addison’s disease
  • People with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • People with current and severe Epilepsy
  • Are recovering from a major surgical procedure
  • Under 18
  • Animals
 
Caution is also required in the following cases:
  • People taking immune-suppressants for auto immune disorders.
  • Active drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Long term or water fasting for 7 days before or after Kambo other than the required fasting.
  • Colonics, Enemas, liver flushes or any water based detox should be avoided within 3 days either side of taking Kambo.
  • If someone has taken Iboga or Bufo 5-MeO-DMT within 28 days.
 
Oesophagus/Esophagus Rupture
Because Kambo can cause violent vomiting we need to have some caution around certain conditions that could weaken the Oesophagus/Esophagus. These do not necessarily preclude you from experiencing Kambo but it is advisable to make sure to let your Practitioner know if you have been affected with any of the following: 
  • Boerhaave’s Syndrome (spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus)
  • Severe injury, or trauma to the Oesophagus/Esophagus from endoscopy, or injury to the neck.
  • Tumours, or Ulcers in the throat
  • Those who have or have had bulimia
  • Gastro-intestinal Reflux
  • Chronic inflammatory response syndrome due to mold exposure
  • Untreated eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Oesophagus/Esophagus Varices
  • Portal Hypertension
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PLEASE NOTE: KAMBO IS A TRADITIONAL RITUAL FROM THE AMAZON RAINFOREST – IT IS NOT A MEDICINE OR MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE SERVICES OFFERED ON THIS WEBSITE DO NOT CONSTITUTE ANY FORM OF MEDICAL PRACTICE.

 

IAKP PRACTITIONERS DO NOT DIAGNOSE, TREAT CURE OR MITIGATE ANY DISEASE, OFFER HEALTH ADVICE, TREAT PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OR PRESCRIBE MEDICINES, NOR ARE THEY DOCTORS OR ANY OTHER FORM OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.

PARTICIPANTS ARE ADVISED TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THEIR DOCTOR PRIOR TO A KAMBO CEREMONY. PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH REGARDING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF TAKING KAMBO, AS NONE ARE OFFERED OR IMPLIED HERE.

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