about the Kambô process

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A brief explanation

Kambô contains a variety of bioactive and neuropeptides that the body is ready to receive.  Check out the IAKP website for more in depth information and research regarding the science of Kambô.  Feel free to reach out to ask questions about this as well, though I encourage all clients to do their own research, as there is a growing amount of available information.  After the application of Kambô, the physical, mental, and energetic bodies begin a process of cleansing and purging.  This may manifest in the form of vomiting, bowel movements, crying, shaking, yawning, sweating, or other physical or emotional releases.  The spirit of of Kambô will give you exactly what you need. Kambô is typically left on for 20 to 40 minutes while it fulfills it's purpose, efficiently working with you to clear out your blockages.  The process is not dangerous, and I will be present with you throughout the entire session to ensure you have a safe experience working with Kambô.  Many people feel quite energized after taking Kambô, though it is just as likely you may want to take a nap after your session! Check out the About Kambô page for more information.

The burns and points

After our consultation, we'll decide how many 'points' of Kambô you'll take during your session.  A series of very small burns, called gates, are safely applied to the top layer of skin.  These gates are the open channels for Kambô to enter the body, working through the lymphatic system to quickly and effectively begin the process.  Traditionally, men receive Kambô on the upper left arm, while women receive on their lower right leg.  As I begin working with Kambô, these are the primary locations I will be serving.  You may wish to receive Kambô in other places due to personal preference, work requirements, or other factors, all of which we can discuss in our consultation.

How long a session will last

Be prepared to spend about three hours (though more may be needed) in your session.  We will go through a consultation before ceremony begins, work with Kambô, then take some time to rest and recover.  Once your body and mind are relaxed and rested, many clients eventually transition to a place of clarity, vibrance, and energy.   It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to Kambô, and there is no set timeframe for this.  It may take a few days for reintegration. I recommend not having any obligations to attend to for the next few hours following your session, as you may need more time to integrate.

What a session includes

Each session with me includes a consultation, Kambô ceremony, and optional use of sacred Rapé tobacco and herbal snuff, as well as Sananga, the sacred eye cleansing, energy clearing, grounding eye drops of the Amazon.  Time will be available for rest and integration following the ceremony.  Tea and a light food option (please let me know of any dietary restrictions) will be provided to rebalance your body's electrolytes and aid in your recovery. 

Can you take Kambô?

It is very important to read the  Before Your Session section below, as this includes important safety and health information.  Some of this will be reiterated, but please pay special attention to the Contraindications and Preparations sections.

Before Your session

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Preparing for Your Session

There are a few things I ask of you leading up to your Kambô session.  All of these serve to benefit you as you move through the Kambô process.


Please:

  • Do not eat or drink for 12 hours prior to your session.  In the morning before your session, you may have some water or tea with honey, but please do not over hydrate.
  • Abstain from alcohol or recreational drugs 48 hours before your session
  • Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, warm layers, and a change of clothes
  • Be prepared to switch off phones and electronics, and honor the sacred space while we work with Kambo

Important Health Information

While most people can take Kambô safely with no issues, there are contraindicated conditions that I will not serve.  Please know this is for your safety.  If you have any of the following, unfortunately I willnot be able to schedule a Kambô session with you.  This list is ever changing, and if you have a health condition, especially one of severe nature, it is crucial you let me know.

Contraindications

  • People with serious heart problems
  • People who have had a stroke
  • People on medication for low blood pressure
  • People who have had a brain hemorrhage 
  • People who have had aneurisms or blood clots
  • People who lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambô
  • People with serious mental health problems excluding depression and anxiety
  • People undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and for four to six weeks afterwards
  • People who take immune-suppressants for organ transplants
  • Women who are pregnant or may be so
  • Women who are breastfeeding a child under six months old
  • People with Addison's Disease
  • People with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • People with current and severe Epilepsy
  • People who are recovering from a major surgical procedure
  • People under 18
  • Animals

Other Cautions

Please let us know if you are taking slimming, sleeping, or serotonin supplements, or have been water fasting before your session.  We will ask that this be suspended for a few days before and after your treatment.  Colonics, enemas, liver flushes and other detox programs should also be avoided for three days before and after your session.  Please let us know if you have an active drug or alcohol addiction.  You will be asked about recreational drug use, but this information is also for your safety only, as there are some substances that require a longer window of time post-use before Kambô can be taken. Most notably, if you have worked with Bufo Alvarius or 5-MeO-DMT in the last six weeks, please let me know.  All information provided to your practitioner will be kept confidential in accordance with HIPAA laws.