Researchers have isolated several compounds within kambo that may have health benefits, but further research is required to determine whether kambo is suitable for use in a clinical context. During the kambo ritual, a shaman will burn small holes into the top layers of the skin using the end of a burning stick. The shoulder is the typical location for kambo administration, but the practitioner may also apply it to the back, legs, or feet. This article will look at the research behind the effects of kambo, the traditional collection and use of this poison, how people perform the cleanse, what to expect, and its risks and side effects. In Western medicine, treatment recommendations always say to go where the evidence supports using a particular therapy for a particular disease. “This has no evidence to support beneficial use for any disease states,” Kuhn said.
Next, Todd gave Lauren and Katie a few minutes of silence to set some internal intentions and goals for the ceremony. After that, Todd gave Lauren and Katie some Rapé (pronounced “ha-peh”) or shamanic snuff, which is inhaled through the nose. Today, Kambo is growing in popularity as shamans guide biohackers and health enthusiasts alike through the intense cleansing experience, which involves 20 minutes of flu-like purging. People considering taking part in a cleanse should talk to their doctor first. The body is able to cleanse itself and needs no assistance with herbs or poisons from a frog. Doctors never recommend burning the skin, and if there is a burn, they will recommend traditional treatment approaches instead.
What happens during a Kambo ceremony?
The purging is thought to eliminate physical, emotional, and energetic toxins. When you’re living with a mental illness like depression or addiction, there are times you may think you would try anything (including kambo) to feel better.
What is kambo?
Read more about Matses Tribe here. It is in fact a potent cocktail of bioactive peptides that benefit humans greatly. While there are plenty of people who’ve reported good results after doing a kambo ceremony, there’s not much scientific evidence to back up these claims. The ceremony begins with a few minutes of breathwork to calm the mind and stop any anxious thoughts before going into the intense ritual.
Although I had some fatigue after this session, the following day I had more vitality and focus than I had experienced in years. The process was quick (lasting 30 min – 1hr on average) but also intensely detoxifying, especially for the liver. The experience that time was more mild than I had built up in my psyche, and was the perfect compliment and closing to working with the Grandmother Master Teacher plant, Ayahuasca. “I didn’t have enough money then to journey all the way to their remote village, but Juan was able to arrange a meeting with a couple of the elders (Pepe and Luisa) in his camp, where Peter Gorman takes his groups. We fished, cooked, learned how to prepare nunu (medicinal sniffing tobacco), and they taught me how to find the frog and the ritual to extract his venom. Our Costa Rica retreat center always ensures these ceremonies are conducted in a safe and sustainable manner.