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The immediate and short-term effects of a Kambo treatment include energy and/or restfulness, heightened focus, enhanced mood, alertness, and clarity, and an increased resistance to stress, hunger, tiredness, and thirst. In the longer term, Kambo strengthens the immune system, bringing the body’s defense system to a more natural balance (homeostasis). Existing health problems are reported by clients as “becoming improved or resolved, and less likely to reoccur”. Kambo is one of the strongest, natural, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, and anaesthetic substances found in the world, allowing it to be one of the strongest ways to strengthen, balance, and heal the immune system.


Kambo in its original form, is considered a holistic treatment. The use of Kambo differs amongst tribes, but indigenous uses revolve around “lifting Panema” - a name for dark or negative energy or bad luck, and for “Hunting Magic” (they believe it increases their speed and energy during hunting and that it makes the hunter invisible to their prey by temporarily eliminating their human odour). Tribes also use it medicinally, including treatments for malaria, snake bites, fevers, infections, fertility problems, and to cleanse, detox and strengthen the mind and body, increase energy, sexual attraction and stamina, and to reduce pain. The peptide dermorphine in Kambo is considerably stronger than morphine (30 - 40x) in its pain-killing properties. In spiritual terms, indigenous people feel Kambo works in a mystical fashion as a light that opens the way, helping us to overcome obstacles and release blockages on an emotional level, clearing our energy fields and realigning chakras offering us the ability to break negative habits and think more naturally.

“Kambô circulates in the heart. When we take kambô it makes the heart move accurately, so that things flow, bringing good things to the person. It’s as if there was a cloud on the person, preventing the good things to come, then, when they take the kambô; it becomes a ‘green light’, which opens the way, making things easier.” Kaxinawá Kambô Shaman