Are you looking to experience Kambo in Melbourne? Jai provides both mobile Kambo treatments and treatments from his clinic space in Preston, Melbourne.
WHAT IS KAMBO?
Kambo is a resin secreted from the back of a large green jungle frog, given the name Phyllomedusa bicolor for classification, but more commonly known as the giant waxy monkey tree frog. It can be found in different parts of the upper Amazon and has been used traditionally by many tribes over a number of generations.
Kambô is a powerful medicine that works on many levels — physical, emotional and energetic.
WHAT IS ACUKAMBO?
Acukambo is a combination of Kambo, Acupuncture and Chakra theory. Kambo points are chosen and marked based on meridians (energetic pathways) and chakras (energy centers) depending on your constitution. Combining these modalities allows for a much more multilayered and multifaceted treatment that can expand upon and boost the therapeutic action of Kambo. Jai is a fully qualified and registered Dr of Chinese Medicine and uses his experience in this area to deepen the process and outcome of your treatment.
Traditionally Kambo was used for multiple purposes. These were:
- To increase energy, focus and awareness prior to hunting in the jungle.
- As a natural remedy for Malaria, fever, infections and snake bites.
- To clear and lift 'panema' (a term describing dark, heavy or negative energy).
“Kambô circulates in the heart. Our shaman said that when we take kambô it makes the heart move accurately, so that things flow, bringing good things to the person. It is as if there was a cloud on the person, preventing the good things to come, then, when it takes the kambô; it comes a ‘green light’ which opens its ways, making things easier.” — from “Kambô, The Spirit of the Shaman” by Professor Marcelo Bolshaw Gomes.
In modern times Kambo is now being used to treat a vast array of conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, HIV, arthritis, diabetes, candida, herpes, high blood pressure, cancer, fertility issues, recurrent infections and much, much more.
Scientific studies have revealed Kambo to contain a range of bioactive peptides that have been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immune regulating, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and more.
HOW IS KAMBO TAKEN?
The only safe way to take Kambo is for it to be administered through the skin. Small points are burned with a thin piece of special vine and a tiny area of just the surface skin is peeled back to reveal the epidermis. The medicine is then scraped from the stick it is stored on and mixed to a paste with water before being divided into dots and applied to the open points on the skin. It is then rapidly absorbed into the body via the lymphatic system and within seconds is circulating around the body in the bloodstream.
IS KAMBO RIGHT FOR ME?
Whilst Kambo is a powerful healing agent with a vast array of benefits it is not for everyone. When considering whether to take this medicine you must take into account your current physical and mental health status, medical history and prescribed medication and supplements.
CONTRAINDICATIONS (People who CANNOT take kambo)
- People who are under 18 years of age.
- People who have serious heart problems.
- People who have had a stroke.
- People who are taking medication for low blood pressure.
- People who have had a brain haemorrhage.
- People who have aneurysms or blood clots.
- People who lack the mental capacity to make their own decision to take Kambo.
- People who have serious mental health problems (excluding depression, PTSD and anxiety)
- People who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- People who are taking immune-suppressants for organ transplant.
- People with Addison's disease.
- People with current and severe epilepsy.
- People who are recovering from a major surgical procedure.
- Women who are pregnant or suspect they may be so.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding babies under the age of 6 months old.
- People who have worked with Bufo Alvarius (toad medicine) in the last 6-8 weeks prior to Kambo.
CAUTIONS (things that must be disclosed prior to treatment due to increased risk)
- People taking slimming, serotonin and/or sleeping supplements.
- People taking immune-suppressants for auto-immune disorders.
- People with active drug or alcohol addictions.
- People who have been fasting/water-fasting for 7 days before (or after) Kambo.
- People who have had enemas, colonics, liver flushes or any water based detox 3 days before (or after) taking Kambo.
- People taking diuretic medication or anti-diuretic drinks.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?
Shortly prior to the points being applied you will be asked to consume 1.5 to 2 litres of water (this is necessary for the purge). Once the point/s have been applied Kambo enters the lymphatic system very quickly. Most people feel at the onset feelings of warmth, flushing of the face and a sense of blood rushing to the head and or limbs. The heart rate often increases and there may be tingling, dizziness, trembling, fainting, shaking, pain, discomfort, nausea and even swelling in the face and hands. This is all normal to experience ! After this phase the blood pressure drops and results in many people purging/vomiting up water and other elements. You may also have the urge to move your bowels. The initial phase can be intense but for most people it's usually over within 30-45 minutes and the remaining time will be a downward descent into sleep, relaxation or feelings of invigoration. After some rest you can have some tea and a light meal to boost your electrolytes. Following eating and some more rest or chatting most people are able to drive home. Treatments can take as short as two hours or as long as four hours depending on the individuals reaction at that time. This is why it's important to be flexible with your time on the day of treatment and not arrange significant commitments afterwards.
During the next few days is often when the real benefits of Kambo can be felt. This may be a sense of increased clarity, lightness, peace or grounding. There can also be an increased feeling of energy or strength and resolve. Some people can have an exacerbation of existing symptoms as Kambo can stir things up before they can fully be released. It's best to be gentle with yourself during this time and tune into your inner voice.
No two Kambo treatments are ever the same. They can vary in intensity. The process usually becomes less arduous over time as you develop a relationship with this medicine and learn to trust it in your body.
Before, during and after the treatment there may be opportunities to also work with other traditional medicines such as Hape or Sananga. Hape is a traditional amazonian snuff that is blown into the sinuses. It is often a mix of prepared tobacco and a variety of other medicinal herbs. It can be used to remove blockages during your session, help with purging and also grounding. Sananga are liquid herbal drops applied to the eyes. Whilst they can be a little uncomfortable they can also assist to shift your energetic/emotional state.
PREPARATION FOR KAMBO
- You MUST fast for at least 12 hours before Kambo. Have a healthy dinner as per normal the night before and you can have tea with honey or a natural sweetener in the morning if you need to. Do not drink large amounts of water on the day of your treatment as you will be consuming a lot of it prior to and during your session.
- MAKE SURE to abstain from alcohol and recreational drugs two days prior and 24 hours after Kambo. This will not help your experience.
- Let me know of any medications or supplements you are taking that may interact with Kambo.
- No colonics, enemas, liver flushes, sweat lodges 3 days before or after Kambo.
- No water fasts 7 days prior to or after Kambo.
- Ideally it is recommended to clear your schedule for the remainder of your day of your Kambo session as you may need rest and recuperation.
If you would like to book a session or just find out more about how this treatment may help you you can get in touch here . Jai is currently available for treatments throughout the Melbourne metropolitan region, as well as for extended treatments and retreats interstate and internationally by advance booking.
Jai is a practicing member of the IAKP (International Association of Kambo Practitioners) and is based in Melbourne, Australia. IAKP is a not for profit organization and regulating body for Kambo practitioners outside the Amazon. It's code of practice provides stringent guidelines for the safe and responsible use of Kambo and the integrity of its practitioners.