Kambo Treatments & Ceremonies
Deva had a chance to hang with the giant waxy tree frog, Phyllomedusa Bicolor, from which Kambo is derived, during his last trip to the Amazon in November, 2019. He later completed a private Kambo Practitioner Training in April, 2020 as part of his family’s personal Coronavirus strategy, to keep everyone’s immune systems strong and health vital throughout the pandemic.
What they weren’t expecting was the profound impact the sacred frog medicine would have for their mental health in the face of the quarantine and intense personal and global changes.
Scientifically speaking, the frog’s secretion is comprised of a unique complex cocktail of bioactive peptides that produce amazing benefits for both physical and mental health and vitality.
Spiritually speaking, the tree frog is a beautiful and generous Ally who shares its gift of powerful immunity to predators through a fiery and watery initiation, which purifies, unifies and elevates.
Tree Frog Spirit gifts us with clarity and protection, the power to cast off dense, dark energies that prey on our body, mind and spirit. You can read more about this in this blog post about a good friend and colleague’s early experiences receiving Kambo.
Again, Deva’s personal experience working with this medicine has been profound and he is excited to be able to make it available to you.
What is kambo?
(Information courtesy of Tribal Detox)
Kambo derives from the secretion of the Amazonian giant waxy tree frog, Phyllomedusa Bicolor. The secretion is composed of a unique complex cocktail of bioactive peptides that produce amazing benefits for body and mind. Italian pharmacologist Vittorio Erspamer of the University of Rome was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize and is considered to be the first scientist to analyze Kambo in the laboratory concluding that Kambo contains a “fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications unmatched by any other amphibian.”
The benefits of Kambo stem from the bioactive peptides and neuropeptides found in the Kambo secretion. The bioactive peptides found in Kambo exert a positive effect in humans due to their health-promoting properties. They can exert several beneficial effects like preventing diseases or modulating the physiological systems once they are absorbed in the human body. These peptides perform a broad range of functions that can be involved in the gastrointestinal system such as the anti-obesity and satiety peptides, the cardiovascular system such as antihypertensive, antithrombotic, and hypocholesterolemic peptides, the immune system such as antimicrobial, and immune-modulatory peptides, and the nervous system such as opioid peptides.
Tribes of the Amazon often refer to Kambo as “Hunting Magic” as it strengthens the physical body as well as the mind. Kambo brings energy and stamina into the body and sharpens the senses. It makes the mind still and allows one to think clearly. The small things that bother us in our day to day life do not seem to be as significant following a Kambo session, allowing one to focus on the things that truly matter in life.
USES OF KAMBO
People turn to Kambo for a myriad of different uses from physical to psychological. Although Kambo is not considered a medicine in the western sense of the word many people have found relief from physical ailments. Kambo has analgesic properties that has the potential to provide pain relief up to 40 times stronger than morphine without the addictive high that comes from opiates. Many people that suffer from autoimmune diseases such as Lyme have found incredible benefits from Kambo aiding in relief of their symptoms and putting life back into their bodies. On a psychological level, Kambo has shown incredible attributes in aiding people with depression, addiction, anxiety and PTSD. The chemical makeup of Kambo appears to specifically be designed to strengthen the mind and bodies of the human species.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A KAMBO SESSION
The only safe application of Kambo is through small blister points made in the skin to which the secretion is applied. The burn is not deep, with only the epidermis being removed allowing an entry “gate” for the Kambo into the lymphatic system. Typically 3-5 “gates” are opened in the skin for a basic Kambo session. The client will be asked to fast and drink no more than one liter of water before applying the Kambo dots to the open gates. Once the secretion is applied to the gates, the immediate effects are quick and intense but short lived, usually ending in about 20-25 minutes on average. Within 30 seconds to a minute, the client will experience a warm flushing sensation over the entire body. The heart rate will increase slightly with a light throbbing sensation in the head. The lips, ears and tongue may go numb and tingly and may also be accompanied by a feeling of dizziness or light-headedness. These sensations last approximately 5-7 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes of flu-like symptoms where the client may feel weak, achy and nauseous. During this time, it is common for a client to purge. After the purge, the flu-like symptoms dissipate rather rapidly and the client is usually left feeling very relaxed and may be washed over with a feeling of euphoria. After approximately 30-45 minutes of rest, the client will gain strength and energy back into the body and will be able to continue their day as normal. The benefits from Kambo will be experienced in the following hours, days and even sometimes weeks following the session.
SAFETY & CONTRAINDICATIONS
Kambo is very safe when administered by a properly trained practitioner. As with all Jungle Medicines, respect and responsibility are essential. Please be 100% transparent in your application and assessment to be sure this treatment is right for you.
Mixing Kambo with any of the following could be extremely dangerous:
• Immune suppressants for auto immune disorders.
• Slimming or sleeping supplements (including melatonin)
• Alcohol or drugs 24 hours before and after • Do not fast 7 days before or
• Colonics, enemas, liver flushes or any water based detox should be avoided
within 3 days either side of taking Kambo
Upon registration for a Kambo treatment, a detailed list of substances and time periods of avoidance will be provided.
Conditions for which Kambo is contraindicated — you should absolutely not participate in a Kambo treatment if any of the following apply:
• Have serious heart problems.
• Have Elhers Danlos
• Are on medication for low blood
• Have had a stroke.
• Have had a brain hemorrhage.
• Have an aneurism or bloodclots.
• Lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo.
• Have serious mental health problems excluding depression, PTSD and anxiety.
• Are undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or for 6 weeks afterwards
• Take immune-suppressants for organ transplant
• Have Addison’s Disease
• Have current and severe Epilepsy
• Are recovering from a major surgical procedure
• Are under 18 years old or over age 70
• Have undergone a Bufo ceremony in the past 6 weeks
• Are pregnant or may be so or are breast-feeding a child under 6 months old
• Taking Diuretics
• Have consumed other strong medicines (eg. San Pedro, Ayahauaca, Mushrooms) within 24 hours of wanting to receive Kambo
• Have consumed large amounts of water prior to arriving for Kambo
Kambo is the sweat from the Bicolor Phyllomedusa frog. Traditionally, Kambo is and has been used by indigenous peoples of the upper Amazon to lift Panema (dark or negative energy) and for Hunting Magic. Your organizer and practitioner are not licensed in the medical field and do not diagnose or prescribe any medications for any conditions nor do they diagnose, treat or cure any medical conditions. Kambo treatment should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your physician. Please contact a qualified, licensed physician for any illness or disease.