What to Expect


At Love Kambo, we serve Kambo in the tradition of the Matsés tribe. You will drink 1-2 cups of cassava. This is a slightly fermented yuca beverage that will help absorb your body’s toxins. Cassava is safer and easier than drinking 1.5 liters of water, like the majority of Kambo practitioners teach.

Kambo can be applied anywhere on the body, but is more effective near the Lymph nodes. The Matsés men usually apply it to the chest and thighs, and women on the shoulders and ankles. Other tribes serve the men on the shoulders and chest and women on the ankles. For your first session I will either place the medicine on your arm or leg. We will decide together the day of ceremony. Any session after that we can explore the back with the chakras, stomach, ears + more. 

A small stick is used to burn the first layer of skin with a number of points, dependent upon the person’s age, health, and energy. Usually for a first treatment, one should expect to receive 3-5 points. However, some require less and some much more. Generally these marks fade within two weeks and disappear completely within 6 months, depending on how healthy the body is at the time of placement. 


Usually the effects of Kambo are felt within 1-3 minutes depending on the area of the body the gates were placed.  You will know kambo is kicking in when you start to feel a slight temperature rise and energetic rush in the crown. At this time your practitioner will bring focus to your breath and suggest you breathe deeply and slowly. Try to observe what sensations you are experiencing. With the awareness of the heartbeat rising it will be time to relax, focus on the breath and surrender to the process. Allow yourself to find your breath, meditate and quiet the mind. If you would like to drink some water, you’re welcome to. Your heart rate will begin to rise for a couple of minutes and you will have a lot of sensation and possibly some swelling (as the medicine is flushing the system out) in the throat and face. You will feel a slight discomfort in your stomach while bile is ejected into your stomach, from the liver and gallbladder. Decades of toxins are loosened and collected, and soon the purging will begin helping to ease the discomfort.

The uncomfortable part of the experience is NOT the Kambo, it is the toxins your body is releasing. You manifest this discomfort every day, but don’t realize it, because this negative energy is dispersed throughout the body. Kambo gives us the gift of opening the body, mind, and spirit. It cleanses desensitization. Many emotions may be released during your session.


The energetic pressure and temperature will soon reduce while the process is nearing resolution. The entire process will usually take approximately 20-40 minutes varying between individuals. Typically you're not throwing up that whole time. Purging comes in many forms. Crying, sweating, burping, yawing, laughing, shaking.  About 5-15 minutes of that can be intense while deep purging is happening. Energy pulses throughout the body and the hands with a sense of electricity circulating in each and every cell. The cleaner and stronger the body, the easier the process will be, and it happens quickly; usually in a few sessions.

Some cases require a longer session and the recovery can be longer. These are rare cases. Even people with serious illnesses or drug addictions tend to recover quickly. The majority of people are fine to drive home after, they generally can go on about their day, as normal, but they may feel the Kambo working in the digestive tract. In the jungle, hunters take this medicine, then go on very long hunts. The following day, you should feel great, and have more and more energy each day. Be sure to drink lots of electrolytes and stay hydrated. I recommend taking the day off from any other actives to process your ceremony & just be.