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The Kambo Experience

Without Discomfort There Can Be No Growth

Kambo is often referred to as an "ordeal medicine". The experience ranges from soothing to intense. It comes with a brief period of discomfort in which you will feel the onset of flu like symptoms for 5-10 minutes. Some experience nausea, hot and cold sensations or body aches. These effects are normal and short-lived, and your practitioner is there for you throughout the process.

The discomfort of Kambo is generally followed by a euphoric state and a heightened sense of wellbeing. Some feel particularly energized after the session, while others rest in peaceful relaxation.

If you are feeling nervous about the "ordeal" aspect of Kambo, just know that hesitancy is normal for your first time with something new. Kambo is not painful and you will come to find that discomfort is a good thing and part of the growth and transformation process. 

 
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What Happens in a Kambo Session

Kambo sessions generally take one hour. 

Prior to receiving Kambo you are required to fast (no food or water) for at least 8 hours.

At the beginning of your session you will be offered Sananga, eyedrops produced from an Amazonian shrub that are known to improve vision and assist you in entering into a meditative, receptive state. Sananga is optional and will be described in more detail at the time of your session.

You will be invited to relax on a mat on the ground (being grounded is an important element of the Kambo experience). Your practitioner will use a small stick to burn "gates" in the top two layers of your skin. The location and number of gates will be discussed beforehand by you and your practitioner.

Next you will drink just under one liter of water while your practitioner prepares your Kambo. Kambo is placed on your gates for no longer than 20 minutes

Wild Fauna Wellness offers sessions in the comfort of our cabin in the pines, just outside of Mancos, Colorado. We also offer in-home sessions throughout Colorado and the Southwestern U.S. (travel fees may apply).

 

Is Kambo Right For Me?

Kambo is Not for you if any of the following apply

  • You have serious heart problems


  • You have Elhers Danlos Syndrome


  • You are on medication for low blood pressure


  • You have ever had a stroke


  • You have had a brain hemorrhage


  • You currently have an aneurysm or blood clots


  • You lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo


  • You have a serious mental illness

    other than

    PTSD, anxiety, depression or bipolar 2


  • You have had chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the past six weeks


  • You take immunosuppressants for organ transplant


  • You have Addison's disease


  • You have current or severe epilepsy


  • You have had a major surgical procedure in the past six months


  • You have taken Bufo or 5-MeO-DMT in the past six weeks


  • You are under the age of 18 or over age 70


  • You are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are breast feeding​


 
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Preparing for Your Session

Fasting before Kambo is very important. Please do not eat or consume any liquids for at least 8 hours prior to a session.

Refraining from drugs and alcohol before and after Kambo is also recommended to help you receive the full benefit of Kambo and feel your best.

Caution is also required for the following

  • People taking sleeping pills or diet pills or supplements - must skip the night before/morning of the Kambo session


  • People with an active drug or alcohol addiction should not use Kambo in the middle of a detox - see waiver for more details


  • Fasting longer than 24 hours should be avoided for 7 days before and after Kambo


  • Colonics, enemas, liver flushes or any water based detox should be avoided for 3 days before and after Kambo


  • Most medications should not be taken the day of your Kambo session until after the session


  • Large amounts of water should not be consumed the day before a Kambo session


  • You should not use a sauna prior to a Kambo session


Prior to your session, you will have a brief phone consultation with the practitioner and be asked to sign a waiver.