Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kambo?
Kambo is a non-psychoactive traditional amazonian medicine used in ceremony that is derived from the Giant Monkey Frog (Also called Giant Green Leaf Frog), or Phyllomedusa bicolour. Kambo comes from the frog’s skin secretion and is carefully collected without harm to the frog.
The secretion is applied through superficial burns made into the skin. The immediate effects bring on nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, light-headedness and other symptoms for about 20 minutes, but afterwards users report amazing health improvements for a variety of conditions, both physical and spiritual. Kambo is used to address a large spectrum of physical and emotional issues both in traditional and modern day application.
Is Kambo Psychoactive?
The chemical makeup of Kambo does not contain any psychoactive properties. However, many report a post session ‘afterglow’ citing feelings of deep relaxation and comfort, soft visions, and receiving insights.
Are there any side effects?
The short answer is no. The experience after receiving Kambo is completely dependent upon the individual. Most report feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and lighter. One thing to consider is what is known as the Herxheimer reaction.
This simply means that sometimes one will feel worse before feeling better as things move through the system. Unless there is an existing chronic condition, it is unlikely that this effect can be foreseen, and the effect is not guaranteed. Often, there is a burst of energy and drive.
However, it is recommended to allow time after a session with no scheduled obligations or commitments (physical or mental), at least for the rest of the day, to allow time for integration and rest. The experience is not necessarily taxing, though it does require some physical stamina.
How long does a session last?
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Will the burns leave permanent scars?
There may be small visible scars depending on the type of skin, however, many people report that they fade over time. After removing the medicine, the burns will be dressed with a natural tree sap that helps expedite the healing. They usually takes 2 to 3 months to completely heal, and then they can be reused in a future treatment.