The effects will be noticeable shortly after the secretion is applied onto the burned area (usually after 1- 2 min). Rarely it might take a longer time, or the dose might have to be adjusted. The Kambo medicine goes straight into the lymphatic system and from there into the bloodstream. 

The effects can differ from person to person and from treatment to treatment.

There is a wide range of symptoms that can be triggered by Kambo but never all at once or with the same intensity

In most cases, the first effect is that the blood flushes up into the head. This will be perceived as heat in the facial area and the rest of the body. Sometimes this can be accompanied by a fastening of the heart beat, very often followed by nausea and vomiting. Usually the water you drank before comes first, followed by a variety of slimy, milky, yellow, orange, green, dark green, brown or sometimes even black liquids and bile. There is also a need to defecate quite often. There will be often a swelling in the facial area and the neck region. The intensity of these swellings can vary, but in most cases it will subside relatively fast. Expectorant cough (especially when dealing with lung disease) can also occur. The treatment is often accompanied by sweating – this is just another way of how the body gets rid of toxins.

Eye discharge, chills, cramps, dizziness, numbness in the hands and physical weakness can occur symptomatically. In some cases someone might feel a need to scream or cry in order to release emotional and energetic blockages. The symptoms might vary in quality and quantity depending on the individual, the area the medicine will work on and the dose.  

Usually the most intense part of the treatment will only take between 10 – 30 minutes and only in very few cases it might take a bit longer or a bit shorter.


The positive effects of the Kambo can sometimes already be perceived straight after the treatment or in some cases it can also take until the next day one may feel an increased energy level, inner peace, clarity of mind and healing of the body.  Some people report that their well-being improved from day to day, or in some cases that it even took up to two weeks for an improvement became noticeable and in some other cases it may take an other session to reach the desired positive effect.


The effects of Kambo always differs depending on the person and intervals of treatment.  Even though the effects of Kambo could sound unpredictable, it is best to keep in mind that it knows exactly what it does, where it needs to begin the process, how long it will take and what  is necessary for the patient.


When taken with an experienced or trained practitioner, the Kambo is very safe, although in some very rare cases the immune system may first drop down and the cleansing process may continue for a couple of days before one would experience the beneficial feelings of the medicine. This may happen after a very intense cleans or when there is a more serious illness to heal.

In some cases, especially when one is having low blood pressure, the person may faint during the session and this is why it is necessary to provide a safe space for the treatment as well as having an experienced person facilitate the healing.


Some people consider the intense part during the session as a side-effect. We see the healing on an energetic level that when you take Kambo you get connected with the spirit of the frog and the sufferings of the extraction process.  This can be observed when working with this remedy in it’s natural environment.

The symptoms originate from the connection to the frog and the process of „Milking“ he had to go through.

When you take Kambo in the jungle or nature, you often sit down as a precaution because it is not uncommon to purge both ways at the same time . You support your body weight with your arms on the ground, similar to a frog. Some of the sounds you produce when throwing up even sound like the croaking of a frog, swelling of the facial area known as “frog face” is another indication,  and numbness in the hands can be connected to the frog  as the frog had its  its extremities tied during the extraction .

All in all, you will go through a short “discomfort” during the treatment and excrete a lot of toxins through all pores and orifices. Even though you might feel weak after this process you will recover quickly very similar to the frog it self.