Kambo, also known as frog medicine, is the venomous secretion of Phyllomedusa bicolor (the giant leaf or monkey frog), a bright green tree frog native to the Amazon basin. It can be found in the Amazon rainforests of South America in the regions of northern Brazil, eastern Peru, southeastern Colombia, and parts of Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Guianas. In many regions outside Brazil, both the frog and its secretion are known as sapo (or ‘toad’). Kambo has a range of traditional and potential therapeutic applications, both medical and psycho-spiritual. Commonly described as an ‘ordeal medicine’, the secretion is known for its powerful emetic or purgative effects. Despite its initial unpleasantness, kambo is widely sought out to revitalize body and mind.
Kambo has a variety of benefits, both short and long term. The short-term benefits include a full body cleanse, deep relaxation and a powerful boost of energy. Long term benefits can include resistance to physical illness, alleviation of chronic health conditions and overall sense of wellbeing. Kambo works in different ways for different people, it's not a one size fits all cure but rather a dynamic process that we like to call the "multi-dimensional purge"
While there are no clinical studies that definitively back up kambo's efficacy, the properties of Kambo's peptides suggest it may be a promising treatment for the following conditions:
•Blood circulation problems
•Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
•Deeply rooted toxins
•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
While the kambo frog secretion contains many different types of molecules, the most notable are it’s diversity of peptides. These peptides present in a wide variety of forms and analogues within specific peptide families. Peptides are important for human physiology and biology in general. Many of our hormones and signaling molecules are peptides, including endorphins, oxytocin, and insulin. There are several major classes of peptide families found in kambo, as described below.
Phyllokinin may be useful in the treatment of hypertension, having been shown to lower blood pressure more effectively than other polypeptides.
Sauvagine functions like a hormone. It interacts with the pituitary-adrenal axis and corticotropin-releasing receptors involved in stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behavior.
Phyllomedusin interacts with tachykinin receptors—shown to regulate the functions of dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters—while phyllokinin targets the bradykinin receptors. Phyllomedusin contracts smooth muscles while phyllokinin relaxes them. Both are potent vasodilators, increasing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.
The deltorphins and dermorphin present in kambo have analgesic effects comparable to the body’s own pain response of beta-endorphin release. They’re also stronger than morphine without the same level of respiratory depression, tolerance potential, and withdrawal symptoms.
Dermaseptins have incredible antibiotic activity and have been found to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Studies have explored dermaseptins ability to destroy on contact pathogens such as E.coli, salmonella, gonorrhea, herpes viruses, HIV, candida albicans, and even malaria-causing protozoans. Dermaseptins are also extremely effective at killing killing cancer cells and inhibiting their growth.
Phyllocaerulein stimulates the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland while causin gall bladder contractions and secretion of gastric and pancreatic juices. Phyllocaerulein and phyllokinnin
Kambo is 100% safe when administered by a trained Practitioner. However, certain health conditions prevent some people from sitting with it. The following list is not an exhaustive list, please disclose your health history with your practitioner.
•Serious Heart Conditions (Bypass, Enlarged Heart, Heart ---Valve Replacement)
•On medication for Low Blood Pressure
•Current and severe Epilepsy
•Active blood clots
•Serious mental health problems excluding Depression, Anxiety and PTSD
•Lack the mental capacity to decide to take Kambo
•Undergoing Chemotherapy and for 4 weeks afterwards
•Taking Immune Suppressants for organ transplant
•Breastfeeding a child under 6 months old
•Major surgery within the last 8 weeks
•Under 18 yrs of age
The unpleasant effects of kambo can feel endless for those experiencing them. There may also be a feeling of drunkenness or dissociation. For the most part, however, kambo is not psychoactive.
Yes—although kambo scars fade over time, they may not disappear completely. Aftercare balms may help to improve their appearance. Alternatively, the same points can be used within 2-3 months of the previous application.
None of the peptides have been identified as toxic to mammalian cells. They are however potently toxic to bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, making it a great full spectrum antibiotic. There is no know toxicity to the liver, kidneys or brain.
Integration is the most important part of the kambo experience. Without incorporating the lessons and insights you gain from Kambo, the experience is useless. Kambo is a fascinating experience because the downloads, insights and shifts tend to come in the days and weeks after the actual ordeal. It’s very much like a lotus flower, slowly unfolding and revealing more and more gifts over time. While some people might get immediate insight during their experience, most of the clarity comes in the weeks following.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be an effective way to process whatever the kambo has brought up for you. Journaling is a great tool for self-reflection and to allow a stream of consciousness to be witnessed on paper and expressed. It can also be helpful to go back and read your journal entries later down the road to be reminded of what you gained from the experience.
Long ago, the people in the Kaxinawá tribe had fallen ill and a medicine man, named Kampu, tried all known remedies to heal his people without success. In desperation, he turned to the sacred Grandmother plant medicine Ayahuasca for help. It was during this ceremony that Kampu received knowledge in the form of a vision from the Grandmother. Kampu was told to seek out a particular frog, amongst the hundreds of frog species in the Amazon basin. During his vision, he was shown how to harvest the milky secretion from the frog’s glands and was shown how to apply it to the human body for use as a potent remedy. After the ceremony, Kampu returned to the village where he used his newfound knowledge to finally cure the members of his tribe.
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