What to Expect

Your First Kambo Session

Your first Kambo experience can be a bit intimidating. The treatment is pretty far outside of most people's comfort zone. Here's what you can expect:


You will need to fast for 12 hours before your treatment. You will also need to drink no liquids or any kind for 2 hours prior. A cup of tea 2 hours before your treatment is fine. You'll also want to bring the following:

  • 3 quarts of water to drink during the session
  • a yoga mat
  • a blanket and pillow
  • dress in layers as you may feel hot and/or cold during different stages of the treatment
  • a change of clothes - just in case

The Session

Before beginning the session we will take some time to talk about Kambo, your intentions, and whatever else feels supportive to the treatment. When you are comfortable and ready, we will begin.

Burn the Gates

The first step is to burn the gates on your skin. This involves using a small ember to burn away just the top layer of skin. These burns are where the Kambo will be applied.

Drink Water

You will drink a significant amount of water at this point. This will prepare your body for the cleansing effects of the Kambo.

Receive the Kambo

Application of Kambo is fast and painless. Its effects will begin very quickly and generally last 20-40 minutes. During the peak of the experience you may experience physical effects such as:

  • Blood pressure fluctuations - high, low, or both
  • Fever or chills
  • Purging and/or nausea
  • Need to move your bowels


After 20-40 minutes, I will remove the Kambo. You will have the chance to lie down, feel into what you have just experienced, and recover your strength. When you are ready, I will have food and drinks available to help you recover. After 1-2 hours you will be ready to depart. Your session will be over.


In the hours and days following your session, I encourage you to continue to explore the effects the Kambo has had on you physically, mentally, and spiritually. For many people, the benefit of the treatment appears on all levels and has a lasting effect.