Kambo treatment options

I facilitate one-on-one sessions and small group circles when administering Kambo. I prefer to work this way to ensure my clients feel safe at all times and get adequate attention from me especially when it’s time to hold space during the ceremony.

I have a dedicated room in my apartment in Brooklyn, NY where I hold Kambo ceremonies.

Gates vs. Points:

To apply Kambo, the client’s top layer of skin must be lightly burned. These burns are called Gates.

Kambo is mixed into tiny balls using a small amount of water and a dull knife. These are called Points which are applied to your Gates.

Gates can be used more than once in a session so therefore, in certain situations, you can have a higher number of Points than Gates.

How I facilitate Kambo:

After successfully submitting your intake form I will review your information and determine if Kambo is right for you. If accepted for treatment, we will move towards a client consultation which I prefer to do in person right before Kambo is administered. This is helpful because it allows you to hone in on your intentions while we jointly determine the best treatment option, number of points, and placement of your gates. Once the consultation is complete we will officially commence the ceremony.

I open each ceremony by smudging myself, the client(s), and the ceremonial room to clear the space and remove any unwanted energies. Then I’ll begin the point setting process and burn gates on the predetermined area(s) of each client. Once the gates have been opened you will be asked to drink a specified amount of water while I prepare the Kambo points. Once the water has been consumed is when Kambo can be applied.

Rapé may be offered during the ceremony to help with the purging process and/or move you through a blockage. Sananga is another offering that can be used prior to the ceremony to further enhance your intentions however, it can also be used after the ceremony as a way to settle back into your body and give you extra focus to take action on the wisdom that you received during your journey.

Music and natural soundscapes will be played in the background to help us move through the process in a positive and uplifting way. Once everyone is completely finished with their process we will give thanks to the spirit of Kambo and close the ceremony.

Treatment options:

There are several ways in which Kambo can be administered. Here are the different treatment options:

  1. Basic

  2. Layered

  3. Intensive

  4. Long-term

  5. Chakra

  6. Meridian

  7. Auricular

  8. Warrior Initiation (3x3)

Setting expectations:

Kambo ceremonies are short but usually quite intense. Here are some of the reactions, which are all normal, that you can expect during a Kambo treatment:

  • Increased heartbeat

  • A rise and drop in blood pressure

  • Nausea

  • Intense vomiting and defecation

  • Sweating

  • Flushed skin

  • Pain, particularly in the abdominal region

  • Numbness and/or tingling in the extremities (mostly hands)

  • Fainting

  • Swelling, particularly in the face

  • Increased levels of anxiety or panic

  • Shaking and deep breathing

  • Light scaring from the gates

Please note, that in certain circumstances, you might experience a herxheimer reaction which essentially means that your particular condition or something dormant might flair up and get worse before it gets better.


Unfortunately, you cannot receive Kambo if the following applies to you:

  • People with serious heart conditions

  • People who have had a stroke

  • People on medication for low blood pressure

  • People who’ve had a brain hemorrhage

  • People who have aneurysms and/or blood clots

  • People who lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo

  • People with serious mental health problems (excluding depression & anxiety)

  • People undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy and up to six weeks after treatment concluded

  • People who take immunosuppressants for organ transplant procedures

  • Women who are pregnant or maybe so

  • Women who are breastfeeding a child under six months old

  • People with Addison’s disease

  • People with current and severe epilepsy

  • People recovering from a major surgery

  • Anyone under 18 years of age

  • Animals

Caution is also required for the following:

  • People who take immunosuppressants for autoimmune disorders

  • People taking slimming supplements

  • People taking sleeping supplements

  • Active drug and/or alcohol addiction

  • Long-term or water fasting for seven days before or after Kambo (other that the required fasting)

  • Colonics, enemas, or any water-based detox (to be avoided within three days either side of taking Kambo)


I received my Kambo certification from the International Association of Kambo Practitioners (IAKP) in September 2018 as part of their training in Costa Rica. My teachers were master practitioners Ginny Rutherford and Tomasz Zaremba with support by Natascha Berg and Kellie Holly-wood.

My IAKP profile can be reviewed here.

For more information on Kambo, please feel free to explore the IAKP website.

Vincent Fiore