Kambo is “one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower your immune system.” Kambo or Sapo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit.
Kambo is a secretion from one of the largest Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. Its scientific name is Phyllomedusa Bicolor. The frog is nocturnal and arboreal and due to the fact that it has no natural predators is found in abundance across the Upper Amazon rainforest areas of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and several other countries.
The only known threats to this species of frog at the moment are spawn predation and the potential destruction of their habitat. The secretion of the Kambo frog has been used as a medicine amongst the Upper Amazonian peoples for millennia.
In 2004, ANVISA, the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária in Brazil prohibited any advertising of the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of Kambo. This was in response to representation made to the Brazilian government by the Katukina people with regard to intellectual property rights. Aside from this restriction, Kambo is legal everywhere in the world.
Kambo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit. The scientific name for this frog is Phyllomedusa bicolor or “Giant Monkey Frog”. This frog lives in the Northwestern part of the Amazon Rainforest, namely Colombia and on the border between Brazil and Peru and is used by indigenous tribes there to gain strength, immunity and hunting magic. This cute frog secretes a poisonous sweat from its skin, the potency of which will repel all predators.
The secretion from the Giant Monkey Frog is applied to the skin after small burns are made with the tip of a glowing stick. Once applied, Kambo stimulates a purge while toxins and ‘bad luck’ or ‘panema’ are kicked out of the body.
Kambo is used by the Native people as ‘vaccine’ to ward off illness, bad luck, to give hunting strength and even to increase attractiveness! Kambo is a very exciting traditional shamanic healing modality and many people have reported immense physical and psychological benefit from its application. Italian scientist and Nobel Prize nominee, Vittorio Erspamer, described the Secretion from Phyllomedusa bicolor frog as ‘a fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications, unequaled by any other amphibian’. 2
Kambo is a very exciting traditional shamanic healing modality and many people have reported immense physical and psychological benefit from its application.
Now, the popularity and use of Kambo as a natural medicine is spreading worldwide. As the scientific and medical research into the secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor grows, skilled practitioners are also developing new ways to work with this powerful medicine from the Amazonian Rain Forest, which allows it to be accessible to almost everyone in a safe and manageable way. Not only do we now have a number of different traditional ways to take Kambo but we can also work with the Meridians, the Chakras, Nadis and Marma Points and even the ears – Auricular Kambo. Added to this, there are also new, safe techniques to allow people to take Kambo in a way that reduces the stress on their system and allows them to enjoy the maximum benefits.
THE ORIGINS OF KAMBO
Each tribe has its own legend or story about how they came to use Kambo. The most prevalent legend regarding the origins of Kambo comes from Brazil. This Kaxinawá legend tells that the Indians of the tribe were very ill and their medicine man (Pajé in Brazil) had done everything that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none helped. Under the effect of sacred plant medicines, he entered the forest and whilst there received a visit from the Grandmother. She brought in her hands a frog, from which she took a white secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received the Pajé was able to cure his brothers and sisters. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu or Kampum. After his death, his spirit lived on in the frog where it continued its mission to protect the health of those who defend the forest. The secretion became known as Kambo but in some tribes it is called Sapo, Dow-Kiet, Kampu or Vacina da Floresta. Its usage spread and for thousands of years, Kambo has been used as medicine by the Kaxinawá people, and by many other indigenous groups including the Amahuaca, Katukina, Kulina, Yawanawá, Matses, Marubo and Mayoruna. it is still used widely amongst indigenous people in the Amazon to this day although the rituals vary from tribe to tribe.
HOW DOES KAMBO BENEFIT ME?
Traditionally Kambo was used in three different ways.
The first way is to cleanse, strengthen and energise the minds and bodies of the hunters as they were able to run faster, for longer, eat less and sleep less for a period of time after taking Kambo.
Secondly it has been used as medicine for Malaria, fever, infections and snake bites.
And lastly it was used to clear away dark or negative energy known as ‘Panema’. When Panema is cleared, everything becomes easier, obstacles can be overcome and life flows more naturally.
In the modern world, there is a multitude of research projects within universities, research establishment and pharmaceutical companies to identify the chemical composition of Kambo and to look ay possible medicinal uses of those components. Several of the constituent substances have already been identified and synthesised and are available to purchase online. These substances are all known as Peptides.
When to use Kambo
“The Amazonian tribes believe that we as living humans are constantly surrounded by a dense cloud that prevents us from seeing clearly. This cloud is called “panema” by the Katukina people. ‘Panema’ could be translated with an expression such as ‘negative energy’, bad luck’, depression’ or ‘laziness’. By receiving Kambo treatments on a regular basis we have the chance to get rid of this greyish cloud of negative energy, to live a healthy life and to fulfil our physical potentialities.” – Giovanni Lattanzi
As well as this energetic clearing effect, Kambo has potent physical benefits as well. Kambo is traditionally used to gain strength, maintain or regain health, and to provide immunity. The Secretion is applied often times before hunting parties depart in order to increase strength, improve vision and lend the hunters a ‘magical’ ability to locate prey. Kambo is also traditionally used to cleanse the body of just about any illness including Rainforest specials like malaria and spider bite.
KAMBO IS NON-HALLUCINOGENIC
Kambo is a very physical experience which involves a feeling of heat in the body usually followed by vomiting and sometimes evacuating from the intestines as the body purges toxins from the various organs. The mind is often made quite clear and focused and some say they receive specific messages. Kambo works mostly to purge the body of toxins and what is called “panema” or a heaviness, dullness of body and spirit. The experience with Kambo is very much like getting sick and the energetic and health benefits that many report usually come in the days and weeks that follow.
Kambo has a detoxifying effect on the internal organs, including the liver (usually one vomits up bile) and the intestines (through excretion) as well as the entire digestive system. The Katakana natives also use Kambo as the antidote for snake bite, as a medicine for many illness, and as an overall health tonic. There are many accounts of people using kambo and bouncing back from fatigue, expression, addiction, bad luck, sicknesses, and age related symptoms
What to Expect During Your Kambo Experience
Kambo is considered an ‘ordeal’ medicine. This means that your experience within the Kambo Cleanse will most likely be a purification ordeal and may not be easy. Kambo has a cleansing and purgative effect and you can expect to feel nauseous, vomit and excrete for an hour or so as your body and spirit are being cleansed.
Once the Kambo is applied to the skin, a feeling of warmth immediately follows. The face, skin and core of your body will feel a heat within. The heart will beat slightly faster and ‘bigger’. Blood pressure will fall slightly. Relax into the experience. It is helpful to work with the breath: Inhale and receive the medicine with love and trust, exhale and surrender. It is a common experience that the throat may gently swell. This is normal. It will not swell shut. The face may also swell a little too. If you sit up straight throughout the experience and breath, most people experience no swelling. Simply relax into the cleansing sensations and allow the Spirit of Frog to purify and fortify you.
After a short while, you may feel like you have to purge. You will have a bucket handy and you will purge into the bucket. You may also need to go to the bathroom. You will be assisted to do so. After your purge, the Kambo dots will be removed from your body and the major part of your cleanse is over. Many people report feeling very peaceful immediately after the treatment and often the next day one feels amazing.
Kambo is applied to superficial burns on the skin. A small stick is made red hot and just the top layer of skin is removed. The Kambo is then applied onto the burn and absorbed into the
body. Once applied, Kambo stimulates a purge while toxins and ‘bad luck’ or ‘panema’ are released out of the body
Duration of the Kambo Experience
A typical Kambo ceremony lasts about 3 hours. The time spent in the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as a couple of hours.
Who is it for?
– People who are looking to open their heart, shift through depression
– People who want to detox their body and soul
– People who want to boost their immune system to overcome any sorts of disease – People who need to clear their bodies from toxins
– People with high blood pressure
– Some chronic diseases and some stages of cancer
Who is Kambo not for?
Kambo has no known detrimental side effects so when it is responsibly administered it is completely safe. There are very few people who cannot take it. Generally, kambô/sapo is not for you if you have or have had any of the following situations or health conditions: (This is not an exhaustive list.)
• Under 18 years of age
• Heart bypass surgery.
• Enlarged heart.
• Implanted cardioverter defibrillators.
• Pericardial effusion.
• Congestive heart disease.
• Excess fluid in the heart sack.
• Heart valve replacement surgery.
• Organ transplant.
• Blood clots.
• Serious mental health conditions (please discuss with us) • Seriously low blood pressure that requires medication.
• If you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby under 1 year old.
• If you are menstruating at the time of treatment, Kambo may well cause the flow to
increase for 24-36 hours because it contains powerful vasodilators. • If you are Diabetic it’s important to discuss your treatment in advance.
* People who are after a quick fix
* You must inform us if you have ever or are currently suffering from a mental health
condition, regardless of whether or not you are taking medication.
* The only exception to this is depression. In most cases it is usually completely safe for you to continue taking your normal medication but please discuss this beforehand.
If you have any chronic condition please send us an email so Peter will find the best treatment plan for you.
If you are physically unwell, have ongoing chronic issues or have a history of psychological issues – this medicine will likely still support you. Yet we would ask you to please do not join a group session as you would be better served working with a Medicine Person individually as you will have more personal attention.
PREPARING FOR YOUR KAMBO SESSION
The Days Before: Eat as wholesome as possible in the days leading up to your Kambo ceremony. Diminish or eliminate fried food, over processed food and alcohol. Drink plenty of water so that your tissues are hydrated. Adding electrolytes (non-sugar) and liquid minerals to your water help prepare your body. Do not consume alcohol or recreational drugs for 24 hours prior to your session.
Please note: There is no need for fasting in the days leading up to Kambo except for the 12 hours prior. No juice or water fasts.
If you have fasted for Kambo, done colonics or animas in the week leading up to this medicine you may not be able to sit on the day of ceremony.
Please inform the Medicine Person if you have.
DO NOT EAT AT LEAST 12 HOURS BEFORE CEREMONY
Day Of: The day of the ceremony you will fast from food. You should not have eaten for 12 hours prior. You are allowed to drink water. Bring with you at least 2 – 3 litres of room temperature water that you will drink just before the Kambo is administered to you.
Prepare your intentions. Wear comfortable clothing, layers are best and remove tight or restrictive jewellery beforehand.
During: Meditating with the breath is the best preparation for a Kambo ceremony.
Breathe and invite the spirit of the medicine into you, exhale and surrender your ego, your weight, your toxicity. Breathe in and soften to the medicine, breathe out and let go.
After: Please ensure you have made sensible travel arrangements following your session. Plan to have a restful afternoon and evening following the session. Whilst you will process during the session, this may continue over the hours, days, weeks and months following a Kambo session.
As we release energies, we transform our internal and external lives. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to connect with the thoughts and feelings that wish to surface.
All first time users will be tested for sensitivity before treatments. Your reaction along with the practitioners experience, intuition and connection with the spirit of the medicine will determine the eventual number of points you receive. There is no set number – everyone is treated individually.
Do not consume any alcohol or recreational drugs for 24 hours following a Kambo session.
FROGS ARE NOT HARMED IN KAMBO COLLECTION
The frog is not harmed during the harvesting of Kambo. It is considered bad luck to do so. In order to harvest the poison from the frog, they must be collected very early in the morning often after a good rain. The shaman will often be the one that goes on the frog hunt. He calls out the Phyllomedusa mimicking it’s natural song. When the frog calls back, thinking he is talking to a mate, the shaman knows where they are located. The frog is often found in a tree and sometimes, after a rain, they will be on the rainforest floor. The frog is gently collected and brought back to the village where the poison is harvested in a couple of ways. One way is that the frog is stretched by all four legs, his big toe massaged and then he secretes his poison. The poison is then collected and put onto a stick. The poison dries on the stick and then it can be saved for later use. The frog is then released unharmed. I have also heard that the Yawanawa tribe collects the frog venom by simply collecting the frog who naturally secretes his poisonous sweat from the excitement of being captured. The sticks must be kept dry and free of mold by keeping them over a fire. It is important that the Kambo sticks come from reputable sources in good condition.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS…… Please note that you may experience:
Intense physical sensations as your energetic channels open you may feel your eyes water, some burning sensation and your body vibrating.
Feeling sick or nauseous
This is ALL normal – stuck energy, toxins and sickness are being released from your energetic and physical bodies. You may need a bucket, toilet tissue and drinking water close at hand. You may even experience none of these effects. ‘What to Bring
• 2-3 litres (or one gallon) of room temperature water that you will drink 15 minutes before you receive Kambo
• A blanket and pillow, yoga mat.
• Layered clothing for hot or cold temperatures • A notebook and pen (optional)
• Prepare your intentions by writing them down
There will be time to ask questions and discuss further information at the beginning of the ceremony. Intentions may be set at the beginning of the Ceremony as well.
If you have specific health problems then you may wish to discuss these privately beforehand. If you have any serious health issues, then you may benefit from a more personal one on one treatment.
Please note this is not a process for a recreational purpose and you may not experience anything like a ‘high’ or sensations that are intense at all. For some, the medicine they need comes in a different form than they expect, so there are no guarantees or expectations placed upon the experience.
Set your intention clearly for what you would like to let go of, or allow more in. Please ask for assistance from the Medicine Person or assistants during or after the process should you feel the need for more support.
Please be mindful that you do not eat anything 12 hours prior to this ceremony, you may drink clear fluids, warm herbal teas.
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