Kambo Contraindications

Kambô is very safe but should always be taken with a properly trained practitioner administering and supervising the treatments at all times. Certain health conditions prevent some people from taking Kambô just like some situations require special precautions. Please read carefully the following lists, it is very important that you disclose your whole health history with your practitioner. If something is not clear or you don’t understand, please ask..


The following may not safely take Kambô:

  • People with serious heart problems
  • People who have had a stroke
  • People on medication for low blood pressure (this is extremely rare)
  • People who’ve had a brain hemorrhage
  • People who have aneurysms or blood clots
  • People who lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo
  • People with serious mental health problems excluding depression and anxiety
  • People undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for 4 – 6 weeks afterward
  • People who take immune-suppressants for an organ transplant
  • Women who are pregnant or may be so
  • Women who are breast-feeding a child under 6 months old
  • People with Addison’s disease
  • People with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • People with current and severe Epilepsy
  • Are recovering from a major surgical procedure
  • Under 18
  • Animals


Caution is also required in the following cases:

  • People taking immune-suppressants for auto immune disorders.
  • Active drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Long term or water fasting for 7 days before or after Kambo other than the required fasting.
  • Colonics, Enemas, liver flushes or any water based detox should be avoided within 3 days either side of taking Kambo.
  • If someone has taken Bufo 5-MeO-DMT there is a 6-8 week waiting period before Kambo.

Oesophagus/Esophagus Rupture

Because Kambo can cause violent vomiting we need to have some caution around certain conditions that could weaken the Oesophagus/Esophagus. These do not necessarily preclude you from experiencing Kambo but it is advisable to make sure to let your Practitioner know if you have been affected with any of the following: 

  • Boerhaave’s Syndrome (spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus)
  • Severe injury, or trauma to the Oesophagus/Esophagus from endoscopy, or injury to the neck.
  • Tumours, or Ulcers in the throat
  • Those who have or have had bulimia
  • Gastro-intestinal Reflux
  • Chronic inflammatory response syndrome due to mold exposure
  • Untreated eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Oesophagus/Esophagus Varices
  • Portal Hypertension