Usually for a first treatment, one should expect to receive 3-5 points. Generally the marks go away in about 1-6 months, depending on how healthy the body is. We find later sessions healing quicker than previous ones because the body is running more optimally.
In general, kambo is not used to treat eating disorders and should not be used if you are actively bingeing and purging. But there are anecdotal accounts of kambo helping people deal with their eating disorder. But an eating disorder will complicate your kambo treatment, so you should take steps to ensure your psychological and physical safety. Bulimia can cause several long-term health effects that last even after you have stopped binging and purging. Some of these effects—such as high blood pressure, a weakened heart, and inefficient kidneys—can make it dangerous for you to use kambo. Kambo temporarily increases heart rate, which can lead to a heart attack in people with weakened cardiovascular systems.
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Read more about Kuripe here. As I rolled up my sleeve to receive my first Kambo burns, the mantra “trust the medicine” was playing over and over in my mind like a broken record. On the flipside, while a Western facilitator may lack the wisdom and experience of an indigenous facilitator, they could have the benefit of knowing more about contraindicated medications and health conditions. There choice between Western or indigenous facilitators is not straightforward and depends on what exactly you’re looking for.
Maximize the benefits
If we want to keep kambo legal, and make sure that everyone has access to its healing benefits, we must minimize avoidable deaths. If authorities get the impression that facilitators can’t manage the risks, it’s likely that this ancestral medicine will find itself restricted and stigmatized. “There are a number of very simple safety protocols that make a tremendous difference in reducing the risk of accidents related to kambo. The biggest risks of kambo are hyponatremia and the participant potentially fainting and injuring themselves.
Should I Choose a Western or Indigenous Facilitator?
You can absolutely do some journaling, deep thinking and feeling into your intention to work with kambo. Kambô treatment can be incredibly rejuvenating and centering experience as well as exhausting depending on your individual process and your toxin/emotional load. On the day of your treatment it is recommended to avoid any unnecessary interactions like checking your email, social media or having anything fixed on your calendar.