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What is Kambo

Kambo is the secretion of the large green monkey tree frog, a bright green frog, also known as Phyllomedusa Bicolor.


Native to the Amazon Basin, it has no natural predators. The IUCN database lists them in the “least concern” category.

Kambo is legal everywhere in the world. The only restriction can be found in Brazil due to biopiracy, which restricts the use of biological resources from the country’s native habitats for commercial use. Although offering Kambo is completely legal also in Brazil.

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History

The 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. Under the effect of a sacred plant medicine (Ayahuasca), he entered the forest and whilst there received a visit from the Queen of the Forest. 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 heal his tribe members. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu. 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.

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What's in Kambo

The italian scientist and nobel prize nominee Vittorio Erspamer of the University of Rome was the first person to analyze Kambo in a laboratory. In 1986, he wrote that it contains a ‘fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications, unequaled by any other amphibian’. The chemicals he referred to are peptides. The peptides studied by Erspamer have become essential to characterize the functional role of opioid receptors. He was twice nominated for a Nobel Prize and was also the person who first discovered Serotonin. Sixteen peptides have since been isolated from the secretion and several have been synthesized. Currently there are over 70 Kambo patents lodged, mainly in the USA. The popularity and use of Kambo as a natural support to healing is spreading worldwide. As the scientific research into the secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor grows, skilled practitioners are also developing new ways to work with this powerful substance 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 techniques to allow people to take Kambo in a way that is gentler on their system but still allows them to enjoy the maximum benefits.

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Science

The popularity and use of Kambo as a natural medicine is spreading worldwide. As the scientific and medical research of the secretion of the Phyllomedusa bicolor has evolved, scientists believe that Kambo will open up a whole new universe, when it comes to treatments. Vittorio Erspamer described Kambo as “treasure trove” of bioactive peptides… Kambo contains dozens of Peptides (short chains of amino acids), some of them bioactive, which means they have an affinity for binding with receptor sites in humans - the body loves them.

 

The peptide families represented in Kambo include bradykinins (phyllokinin), tachykinins (phyllomedusa), caerulein, sauvagine, tryptophyllins, dermorphins, deltorphins and bombesins. Recent studies have shown that Kambo contains multiple antimicrobial peptides effective against drug resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites and viruses, providing opportunities for the development of new and more efficient nanotechnological-based therapies for treating infectious diseases. Several years of research by the University of Paris have shown Kambo to be effective at killing cancer cells and Queens University in Belfast recently won a prestigious award for their groundbreaking work with cancer and Kambo.


It is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anaesthetic substances found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It is 30-40 times stronger than morphine in its pain-killing properties.

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Effects

It is traditionally used by various tribes in Brazil and Peru, as a way to cleanse, strengthen and energise the bodies and minds, to treat diseases, infections and snake bites, malaria, infections and to strengthen mind & body. It is also being said that Kambo removes “panema”, bad luck. Kambo can be used to treat depression, anxiety, stress symptoms, inflammation, to increase energy, sexual attraction and stamina and many more… Once the body and mind is cleared everything becomes easier, life can flow more fluidly as obstacles are overcome. Kambo is one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in nature.

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The Treatment

Kambo should always be taken with a properly trained person administering and supervising the treatments at all times. Kambo is intense but fast. The unpleasant effects are strong and immediate but mostly over within 10 - 60 minutes. The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small dots. Then small points called gates are placed into the surface of the skin.


The number and position of the points varies from person to person depending on individual needs. The small dots of Kambo are applied to the points. The Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System so the effect is very fast.

 

Most people experience a warm to hot flush on the upper body and face along with increased heart rate. At this point, different people will react in different ways. Some will feel dizzy, foggy or spaced out. Some people have swollen lips or face and slight skin tingling. All of that is normal. The Kambo will be scanning your bodies for issues or weaknesses in order to work where it’s needed.

 

You may experience a throbbing or burning sensation, maybe some pain in those areas. Kambo is not psychoactive but it can produce a short altered state of reality in some people and many people receive insights and messages about living a healthier life. Then you will eventually purge all the toxins out. This purging process works on a physical and emotional level.

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Effects

Immediate and short-term effects include enhanced mood, alertness, clarity, focus, energy and increased resistance to stress, tiredness, hunger and thirst. The mind becomes still, you feel lighter and everything becomes easier to manage. In the longer term, Kambo empowers the immune system, arousing the body’s defence systems to their natural functions so that existing health problems are improved or resolved and future ones are less likely to occur.

 

In spiritual terms, Kambo works in a mystical fashion as a light that opens the way, helping us to overcome obstacles and release blockages on an emotional level. It clears our energy field and realigns the chakras enabling us to break negative habits and think more naturally.


It is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anaesthetic substances found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It is 30-40 times stronger than morphine in its pain-killing properties.