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Is Kambo Safe? Who Should and Shouldn't Do Kambo...

Updated: Mar 1

Kambo is a powerful medicine, there’s no doubt about that. But as the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility”. So in real terms, with that power comes the fact that Kambo is not suitable for everyone. In this article we’re going to look more closely at who can and can’t do Kambo.

Kambo is a strong vasodilator and causes changes in blood pressure and heart rate and for that reason there are some serious contraindications. Kambo is also quite an intense physical experience and for some who are in a particularly weak state Kambo will not be suitable.

As long as there are no contraindications, Kambo is perfectly safe as long as it is administered correctly by a skilled practitioner.

Listed below are the main contraindications for Kambo.


Anyone with a serious heart condition

This is the main contraindication for Kambo. Any serious heart condition is a BIG no-no. This includes implants such as pacemakers. If doing a serious cardio workout and having your heart race would be a problem for you then I’m afraid Kambo is not for you.

Pregnant women

Under no circumstances should Kambo be used during pregnancy. Kambo can act as an abortant and cause a painful miscarriage.


Kambo is also not suitable for anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Unfortunately when undergoing these aggressive treatments the body is simply too weak to undergo a Kambo treatment. On the contrary, Kambo treatments would be advisable before the therapy begins and also once the therapy has ceased to empower and strengthen the entire body and immune system.

Anyone under the age of 18

Kambo should not be given to anyone under the age of 18. In the west this is the general age of consent for most practices of this kind. Making sure the person is responsible enough to take the decision to undergo a Kambo treatment is paramount.

Anyone not mentally able to take responsibility for their decision

Similarly anyone who’s not mentally able to make a responsible decision to take Kambo should also be excluded. This would include anyone with mental or physical illnesses that impairs their cognitive abilities to such an extent that they would not be responsible enough to make this decision.

Anyone with a history of serious mental illness

Kambo should not be given to anyone who has a history of serious mental illness. This excludes anxiety, depression and PTSD. Examples of serious mental illness would be a history of psychosis or psychotic episodes and disorders such as mania and schizophrenia.