Each item is unique and measurements may differ per stick.
First and foremost, set an intention for the experience. Kambo is a very difficult experience to go through so it is very important to have an intention that you can call to mind and draw strength from. Always have someone with you to act a sitter for the experience. Never apply Kambo alone. For safe administration and for effective results, follow the following instructions for Kambo application.
For at least 3 days prior, avoid alcohol and illicit drugs. Then on the day of, prepare the body for Kambo administration by fasting for at least 8 hours. When you are ready to begin, drink about 2 liters of water over the course of 15 minutes prior to application. This is one of the most difficult aspects of the experience. Drinking that much water will make you feel extremely full, but it is important to have a belly full of water to expel during the purge. 2 liters is a guideline, but listen to your body. If you are a small person, a little over one liter may be sufficient.
Next, add a few drops of water to the Kambo stick (if you dip your fingers in water and hold them over the stick and let about 4 -5 drops fall onto the stick that should be enough to start) and scrape the top layer of the stick with a knife a few times back and forth until you begin to see the medicine appear. You may need to add a few more drops of water at a time until you get the right consistency. You only need to apply a little bit of pressure with the knife for the scraping process. At first it can be a bit liquidy and frothy but the more you scrape the thicker the texture will become. When the medicine begins to take on the form and texture of a booger, it is ready for application.
Use a stick of incense to make 3-5 quick superficial burns on the skin. Be sure to blow on the incense between each burn to be sure the stick is hot. You do not have to burn the skin deeply or hold the incense on for you long. Only a quick tap is sufficient. After you have made the burns, use a tissue and some cold water to wipe the top layer of the burned skin off to expose the fresh skin underneath which should appear as small white circles.
Now go back to your stick and you should have a lump of medicine. Add another drop of medicine to be sure the medicine is sufficiently wet and divide it into smaller balls just large enough to cover the size of the burns (about the size of a match head). For the first time you should only apply medicine to one burn to test your sensitivity. After about 2-5 minutes you can add 1-2 more points depending on how intensely you feel the first point. After the first time using the medicine you can get an idea of how sensitive you are, and you can adjust your dose accordingly for future sessions.
Once the medicine is applied, you should feel the effects within 30 seconds to 1 minute and the peak of the experience should be right around 5-8 minutes. That is typically when the purging begins. Most most people the purge typically comes in the form of vomiting but can also come as bottom purging (pooping). If you need to get up during the experience to use the bathroom, make sure that your sitter helps you up and walks with you slowly. Kambo can cause your blood pressure to drop so if you stand up too quickly you can get light headed or even pass out so make sure you have someone by your side to support you. When you start the experience check the time or start a stopwatch and leave the medicine on for up to 25 minutes and then be sure to remove the medicine using a damp tissue or towel. If at any point during the process you experience extreme sweating, pain in the extremities or feel light headed, remove the medicine immediately.
Once you have removed the medicine, stay sitting or lay down for another 15-20 minutes until you feel completely back to normal. Always wash yours after handling Kambo and be sure not to touch your eyes after you have handled the medicine.
These are a list of things that are typical to experience during Kambo so you have an idea of what to expect:
heat at the application site
heat that spreads through the whole body
feeling flushed in the face
minor swelling of the lips and throat
feeling a lot of pressure in the head
feeling very heavy / sinking into the ground
dizziness - in extreme cases passing out
a feeling of electricity in the hands a feet
temporary loss of mobility in the hands/fingers
All symptoms should subside within 5 - 10 minutes of removing the medicine.
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Our products are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. Please consult with a doctor before using any of our products. Use care and caution when applying Kambo. Follow directions carefuly and always start with less medicine (you can always add more).
Do not use Kambo if you have any history of heart disease or have ever had a heart attack.