What is Kambo?
Kambo (Kambô) is a medicine that comes from the waxy secretion of the Giant Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa Bicolor). Some people also refer to Kambo as Sapo, the Portugese word for frog. For many indigenous cultures in the Amazon, this purgative, immunity-boosting medicine is commonly used. Known in Portuguese as the “vaccine of the forest,” the Kambo ritual has also gained followers outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependence.
Kambo is a poison that shouldn’t be administered without an experienced practitioner. A trained guide can help you:
- gain the maximum benefits from a kambo application
- set an intention before the ceremony
- ensure proper setting for the ceremony
- integrate the experience afterward
Research conducted since the 1980s has shown the chemical makeup of kambo to contain short chains of amino acids, known as peptides, that affect gastrointestinal muscles and blood circulation as well as stimulate the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland in the brain. While there are no clinical studies that definitively back up kambo’s efficacy, the properties of kambo peptides make it a promising treatment for the following conditions:
- Blood circulation problems
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Vascular insufficiency
- Organ diseases
- Fertility problems
- Deeply rooted toxins
- Chronic pain
- Addiction to opiate or prescription painkillers (Kambo reduces physical pain, thus helping people kick their addictions to other painkillers)
- Fever and infections
- Negative energies (traditionally known as “panema”)
How to use Kambo
In the Amazon, kambo is traditionally collected early in the morning, when the giant monkey frogs are singing and can easily be found. Without harming them, a shaman scrapes venom from the frog’s skin with a wooden stick where it is allowed to dry.
Water is added to the Kambo, and it is shaped into dots. The number of dots are determined by the Kambo practicioner.
Small points are burned into the top few layers of skin, typically on the arm, with a thin smoldering vine. The kambo is then applied to the open skin.
Because of its purging and cleansing properties, kambo is often used as a precursor to an ayahuasca ceremony, which is also used by many of the same tribes.
Undertaking a kambo ceremony can be an intense experience. In addition to burning holes in the top layers of the skin, it can cause a strong reaction in your nervous system, including side effects such as muscle cramps, swelling, vomiting. There can also be a strong emotional reaction which is intense in the moment, but leaves you feeling relaxed after about an hour. While the experience is not for everyone, Kambo’s cleansing effects begin within minutes of administration, and it leaves most people feeling less pain in the days and weeks after treatment.
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