Kambo is known as the ''Vaccine of the Forest'' for its ability to strengthen and revitalize our whole being. It is a deep cleansing therapy that works on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.
It is advisable to stick to a light diet some days prior to the treatment – stay away from deep fried, spicy food or food that is hard to process. Furthermore you should renounce, alcohol, drugs (if not in a case of addiction) and sexual activities. This can help to have a much deeper cleansing and benefit more from the treatment.
Kambo has the best effect if you use it on an empty stomach. Therefore you should not consume any solid or liquid food for around 12 hours before the treatment and drink only water.
During the treatment it is also advisable to wear comfortable clothes.
The whole treatment may take around 2 hours and it is advisable not to have any schedules after the session as in some cases one may feel to rest and have time for integration.
Shortly before the treatment you have to drink around 2 litres of warm water, traditionally some tribes would drink masato (a drink made out of the yuca root) or chapo (a drink made out of bananas). This will help you in the process of throwing up and it reduces the uncomfortable effects of the treatment.
After that a tamshi (a thin vine which is traditionally used to make baskets) or incense stick will be set on fire and blown out. The glowing end will be used to burn the skin superficially. This procedure will be performed on a body-area that gets selected beforehand. There will be several points burned into the skin (the number varies from person to person). After that the burned layer of skin will be removed and the secretion will be applied onto the wounds. For this purpose the secretion on the stick will be softened using a few drops of water or saliva and rolled into little balls. To each burn wound one of the balls will be applied.
It has to be taken into account that depending on the skin type and the aftercare these burning marks may be visible for many months afterwards.