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Kambo - Are We Missing the Mark?

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

We can argue how and why Kambo works, we can follow the ways of the indigenous tribes and we can study and dissect all the peptides individually, but if we don't get the bigger picture then we're missing the mark completely.


If we want to understand something in its whole, we're not going to find that understanding by reducing it and dissecting it but by looking at how it all works together. When we look at it in its entirety, all of the peptides in Kambo and how they work TOGETHER help our bodies come back into homeostasis - a.k.a. balance.


That's what healing is - coming into balance.


After working with people and their health for over 20 years, I can say without a doubt that the biggest problem that holds people back from healing is nervous system dysregulation. It wreaks havoc on the entire body and is too often overlooked as a major contributor to depression, anxiety, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, gut issues, fatigue, brain fog, etc. Nobody can heal and get to the root cause if their nervous system cannot regulate itself (find balance).


That's the reason why people experience relief from their depression or anxiety after Kambo and why people are more likely to process their emotions or trauma during or after a Kambo session. It's also the reason why many people feel sleepy and need a nap or feel full of energy after a Kambo session. It's really not a magical peptide that releases your emotions from you or any toxins or energy that may or may not have been purged. All of the effects most people report is due to the simple fact that Kambo, in general, helps the body achieve homeostasis. Because it is only when our nervous system moves into a state of balance and goes into the parasympathetic state that our bodies can heal. This is where we can also access parts of our consciousness that we did not have access to while we were in a state of stress, hypervigilance and fight, flight or freeze.


This is because everyone is pretty much functioning in the sympathetic mode the majority of the time and is suffering from nervous system dysregulation.


Our entire society is.


This means the majority of people are not living to enjoy life but merely functioning, or surviving.


The biggest culprit is not just stress and toxins, it's our unprocessed trauma that we've been carrying all our lives and continuously accumulating and thus strengthening that is keeping us trapped in survival mode in body and mind and disconnected from Spirit.


It truly doesn't take much Kambo to get there. Usually, we just need a little bit, not a ton of Kambo, to (more) gently nudge our bodies to find its balance. A little is much easier to handle and integrate for most. The larger the dose, the more intense the session but the longer the recovery and the more integration is required to find that happy balance. Too much can very easily push us into overwhelm and then our bodies are too focused on recovery which can cause us to miss many of the subtle queues and messages that our body is trying to communicate with us.


The saying goes, "go big or go home," but the greater the high (or more intense the experience) during, the greater the low afterwards. This can work well for those more experienced and those who have the space and time for integration, but many don't. We need to ask ourselves why we keep thinking more is better and what that is rooted in. Because when we're trapped in stress we will just manifest more stress. It's truly an addiction. For many, healing occurs when we realise less can be more. Addressing an aspect of our stress is easier to manage than trying to tackle all of our problems at once. What people are really craving is more gentleness and ease, not more struggle and difficulty so we can't continue to approach our healing from the same mindset that caused our dis-ease. Bullying or forcing someone into healing doesn't work. We nurture someone in their healing, when they're ready, because healing is not about forcing or pushing, it's about surrendering and accepting. Often, it's surrendering into the discomfort of the unknown. And for many of us, slowing down, not forcing or controlling, but allowing and expanding, is REALLY uncomfortable.


Healing requires us to surrender into love, acceptance and trust. That's what creates ease and peace.

So when we address the body from this perspective, healing actually becomes really simple and simplicity is truly what we all need.


When my clients work with me in immersion sessions, they experience profound shifts in very short spaces of time, with very little Kambo. Because the more we understand a process, what we're doing and what we're trying to achieve, the more efficient we become. This has another added benefit to it as this approach uses much less amphibian (and plant) medicine which I think we could all be more mindful of. Sustainability is about just taking what you need, only when you need it, and leaving the rest. Again, we don't need to keep taking more, that mentality has never served the greater good.


Truly, people don't need to constantly keep taking more medicine to achieve healing and we should be aware when it becomes a reliance. This approach promotes our lack and survival mentality that is still rooted in our trauma and disconnection and continues to feed it. What we need is a more balanced perspective. We need to understand why we are stuck so then we can navigate a new way forward, creating balance and equilibrium, instead of division and opposition, in ourselves and in our world.


Sylvia Sobota

Healing Consultant & Advisor

Trauma, Shadow Work & Integration Specialist


12 July 2023


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