About the Kambo Ceremony

Answers to some of the most common questions about the Kambo experience:


What are the benefits of kambo?

Kambo medicine has shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Addiction to opiate or prescription painkillers
  • Fever and infections
  • Negative energies, natively referred to as panema

Some of the peptides in Kambo are known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides alleviating certain ailments, Kambo has traditionally been known to increate stamina, strength and focus.

Who Should NOT use Kambo


People with the following conditions can NOT take kambo:

  • Serious heart conditions
  • Had a stroke
  • On medication for low blood pressure
  • Current and severe epilepsy
  • Addison’s disease
  • Had a brain hemorrhage
  • Had Aneurysms
  • Active blood clots
  • Lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take kambo
  • Serious mental health problems excluding depression, anxiety and PTSD
  • Under going chemotherapy and for 4 weeks afterwards
  • Taking immune suppressants for organ transplant
  • Pregnant
  • Breast feeding a child under 6 months old
  • Major surgery within the last 8 weeks or the wounds have not healed yet
  • Fast cycling bi-polar
  • Animals


Please contact to discuss suitability for the following reasons:

  • Taking immune suppressants for auto immune disorders
  • Taking slimming or sleeping suppressants
  • Active drug or alcohol addictions
  • If you are taking prescription drugs, most are OK.

Please do not fast for 7 days before or after kambo.

Avoid colonics, enemas, liver flushes or any water/fluid based detox within 3 days of taking kambo.

Avoid alcohol or any drugs within 24 hours of a kambo treatment.

No food for 8 hours before a kambo treatment, herbal teas and water is fine but keep to a minimum an hour before.

Copyright of Lee Schwalb and Uma Kanya Darke and IAKP. With thanks and respect to the Karen Darke and the IAKP for allowing the use of this information.

What is a test point?

The Kambo ceremony can be described as an intense or overpowering physical and psychological experience. Before beginning a full regimen of the medicine it’s best to get a single test point to determine how your body will react to the medicine if given in full strength.

What happens during the procedure?

A number of small burn points are placed on the skin, sometimes on the shoulder, back, or ankle area. These are just deep enough to break the skin’s surface. Droplets of the Kambo medicine are then placed at the burn points to be absorbed into the body.

How long does treatment last?

While initial ceremony only takes about 20-30 minutes the after-effects of the treatment vary from person to person, and depending on the ailments they’re looking to alleviate.

Are there any side effects or scars?

Kambo has been described as a purging procedure, and as such the immediate, short-term side effects of Kambo can be somewhat discomforting. They include:

  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation
  • Pressure inside your head
  • Skin and facial redness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting

These initial effects can last anywhere from 15-30 minutes, with the possibility of a mild headache and tiredness for a few hours afterwards. However, there are some who have found the various effects pleasant. Everyone’s reaction and results will be somewhat different, but for most the initial effects are unpleasant.

Where will the procedure be performed?

Lee Schwalb is based in Manhattan and offers Kambo in NY, NJ and CT. All treatments are performed in the privacy of your own home. An additional fee will apply for treatments performed outside of NYC.

Are you professionally trained?

Yes, I am a certified Kambo practitioner, receiving my training from the IAKP (International Association of Kambo Practitioners). Besides my Kambo experience, I’m also a license acupuncturist and a certified herbalist. You can read more about my training, qualifications and experience on the About page.