HOW TO PREPARE FOR KAMBO
1. The days before (2-3). Eat as wholesome as possible in the days leading up to your Kambo ceremony. Eliminate fried, heaving, over-processed and spicy food. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
2. Have an empty stomach and be free from stimulants. For eight hours prior to Kambo please do not eat anything and avoid stimulants such as coffee.
3. NO COLOMICS, ENEMAS, LIVER FLUSHES, OR WATER FASTING WITHIN 3 DAYS (BEFORE OR AFTER) OF TAKING KAMBO. No hot tubs or saunas 1 day before. They disrupt your electrolyte balance, which can pose a severe risk to your health.
4. Be completely honest with your Practitioner. By making a full disclosure of any medications or serious medical conditions that you may have you protect both yourself and the practitioner. Please take the time to share and to let the practitioner know of your special needs prior to the ceremony.
5. Women menstruating: Kambo is a vasodilator and may cause increased flow for 24-36 hours. You may also get your period sooner than usual. Prepare to be there for a leat 2-3 hours. It is recommended to have the rest of your day be relaxed and process.
6. Sit up straight and focus only on your breathing ! Or you are welcome to lie down. When we slouch over we constrict the organs and the flow of chi up and down the spine. It’s much better to stay open, receptive and trusting when working with Kambo. There’s also a little known bonus to sitting up straight, you will lessen the swelling in the face and throat.
7. Dress loosely, warmly and in layers. Once your Kambo goes on you may get hot, so you’ll want to remove layers. Prior though you want to stay warm, cosy, receptive and open. Please make sure you feel no restrictions, remove your belt for instance, get very comfortable before you begin Kambo. Do not wear contacts if possible! Glasses are great, as we will use Sananga! In case of a Chakra treatment women may wish to wear a sports bra or bring something similar. Bring a hair clip for long hair.
8. Drink warm water, not cold water. Again we want the body comfortable, open and receptive. Drinking 2 liters of water that is less than body temperature puts an unnecessary strain on the body.
9. Less Bravado! Sometimes less is more and there is no need to use large amounts of Kambo when it is applied properly. A general starting dose for a woman is 3 points and for a man 4 points. When people are sensitive it is best to start with as little as 1 point. When is doubt start small and work up.
10. Getting up during Kambo. Steady on, Kambo is known to lower blood pressure and therefore if you get up to use the restroom, please move cautiously and slowly. Please make sure somebody walks by your side and supports you even if you do not feel lightheaded. (Sometimes it is best to crawl)
11. During session: Meditating with the breath is the best preparation for a Kambo ceremony. Breathe and invite the spirit of the Kambo into you, exhale and surrender your ego and your toxicity. Set your intentions. If you seek emotional release focus on the feeling of releasing it.
12. Once first water comes. I instruct you to drink more water. It is important to drink more water in order to get a deeper cleanse and to prevent dry heaving. After Kambo. Really take the time to rest, lie under a warm blanket and let yourself fall into the depths of the Kambo spirit. In the silence you may receive some valuable guidance. In the coming days, take time to be in nature, sleep early, take long baths, love yourself up and listen for your higher consciousness.
13. Kambo Scars. I will apply “Sangre de Dragon” or Dragon’s Blood. This will work as a natural bandage and will seal the burns or “gates”. You will be able to shower as usual and the area will stay protected as long as you let the Dragons blood completely dry at the initial application. Most peoples scars fade after 6-12 months and cannot really be seen, although everyone’s skin is quite different.
HOW IS KAMBO HARVESTED?
The Kambo I use is harvested by the Matses tribe. The Matses live along the Javari River in the Upper Amazon, along the border of Brazil and Peru, where the frogs are plentiful. It is carefully and ethically harvested; the frogs are not harmed during the process. The frogs are located in 70-100 ft. trees near the Igarapés (rainforest waterways) where they gather to sing and announce the rain. They are generally harvested at dawn by the Matses who locate them by singing and imitating their songs.
The frogs are very passive and do not react when picked up because they have no known predators. They are carefully tied by each leg with Palia (straw) strips into an “X” shape. Sometimes a shaman will massage the toes to encourage the secretion which is then carefully scraped off and left to dry on small sticks. The frogs are “milked” at appropriately-spaced intervals, so they never need to be poked or “smoked” in order to stimulate secretion. They are then released and return to their habitat unharmed. The Palia leaves a tiny white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the frog again until it has faded which takes at least 3 months. They are always treated with utmost care and respect, as the Matses believe that to harm the frog will anger the animal spirits that they reside along with in the jungle. They have a deep respect and love for them, knowing they are our teachers and healers.
Kambo collected in this way is considered 110% ethically harvested. The funds they raise are shared among the 14 communities (approximately 3,00 Matses) residing on their extensive homeland. This Kambo is clean, always fresh, and only the first secretions, which are stronger, are utilized. The frogs are also then left with sufficient secretion to defend themselves from predators. Every stick is properly wrapped and stored You can always be sure that I only use the very best, ethically harvested medicine.
WHEN IS KAMBO USED?
The indigenous tribes say the main reason to receive the natural vaccine is to remove ‘Panema’ which is the thick cloud of haziness that sits on top of the energy field of a person. ‘Panema’ can also be translated as bad luck, laziness, depression, or confusion. It is the state of being that attracts discomfort and disease. Kambo is said to remove ‘Panema’ and bring the person back to his/her natural state of perfect harmony and highest physical, emotional and spiritual potential, reconnecting one to self.
According to the tribes, when nothing is going right in your life, it is the right moment to take Kambo. As well as this energetic clearing effect, Kambo has potent physical benefits also. Kambo is used as a traditional shamanic medicine to gain strength, maintain or regain health, and to provide immunity. The tribes, often times, apply it before hunting, in order to increase strength, improve vision and lend the hunters a ‘magical’ ability to locate prey. It is also used to cleanse the body of just about any illness, such as headaches, allergies, thyroid problems, arthritis, infections, addiction to pharmaceuticals, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, and so on. The tribes also use it for rainforest specific issues, such as malaria and snake and spider bites. Traditional Caboclo recommendation is to receive a full 3 applications of Kambo within one moon cycle (28 days) in order to achieve the full potential and for longer beneficial effects.
Kambo Points. Traditionally, Kambo points or secretion are referred to as "medicina"
Traditionally, Kambo points or secretion are referred to as "medicina"