What is Kambo?

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Kambo is the waxy secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor, the Giant Monkey Tree Frog found in the rainforests of the upper Amazon. The secretion is applied through superficial burns made into the skin. The immediate effects bring on nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, lite-headedness and other symptoms, but afterwards users report amazing health improvements for a variety of conditions, both physical and spiritual. 


The secretion is not sweat nor a poison in the sense that it alone is not capable of causing death or illness. In the Amazon it is called “The Vaccine of the Jungle”, where the natives use it to gain strength, immunity cure illnesses, aid to sharpen hunting skills and also to get rid of “panema” which is dark, negative or stuck energy.

Kambo is a powerful detoxification protocol first used by ancient Amazonian Tribes. It works on many levels, but on the absolute surface level, it is used to increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself by eliminating toxins through the lymphatic system and fortifying the immune system.


Kambo can bring a shift and deep healing by connecting to your authentic self and detoxing your mind, body and soul. It is one of the world’s most effective and natural antibiotics and immune system booster. It is a complete cellular cleanse and has been known to dissolve emotional blocks. Kambo is legal in the United States and is not hallucinogenic. Kambo is very safe when given by a properly trained practitioner.

Effects & Usage

The waxy secretion is applied to the skin after small superficial burns are made with a red-hot ember vine stick (similar to incense) this is known as “The burning gates”.  Only the top layer of the skin is gently burned. Traditionally, the points are placed on the lower right leg for women, and men usually have their points placed on their upper left arm.  There are no right or wrong places for the point placements, so it is a good idea to think about where you would like them ahead of time.  Please keep in mind that the area chosen must not be disturbed during the session, as the secretion must remain where it is placed to be effective.  The number of points used depends on the number of times that the person has already received Kambo, the reason for the application, physical condition, and overall assessment by the practitioner based on her/his knowledge.

A typical Kambo group ceremony lasts 2-3 hours (private sessions last about 1-2 hours). The time spent at the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as a couple of hours. 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.

Once the Kambo is applied to the skin, it enters the body via the lymphatic system.  A feeling of warmth immediately follows. The face, skin, and core of the body will feel heat within. The heart will beat slightly faster. Blood pressure will fall slightly. Relax into the experience. It is helpful to work with the breath: Inhale with love and trust, exhale and surrender. It is a common experience that the throat will gently swell. This is normal. It will not swell shut. The face may also swell.  Simply relax into the sensations and allow the ally of the Kambo Spirit to purify and fortify you. 


After a few minutes or more, 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 points will be removed from your body and the major part of your cleanse is over.

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, heaviness, and dullness of body and spirit. The benefits that many reports usually come in the days and weeks that follow. Many people report feeling very peaceful immediately after receiving Kambo and often the next day one feels amazing.

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The Science Behind Kambo

Scientific studies show that Kambo is made up of many peptides that are beneficial to the human body. Some of these peptides traverse the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the endocrine glands of the brain, resulting in an immune effect and a deep cleansing of the body.  Kambo has antibiotic properties and strengthens the immune system, while physically destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Kambo is traditionally known to be anti-inflammatory, to relieve joint pain, to heal eyesight, and to ease the pain.


So, what's in it? Kambo contains a number of active compounds (which are all peptides):


Natural opioid that binds to MU-type opioid receptors which have potent depressive and analgesic effects. It is 30-40 times more effective than morphine but does not produce tolerance or addiction (Pain Management)


A hepta-peptide with the highest affinity and most selective naturally occurring opioid receptor known with an unusually high blood brain barrier penetration rate. A very potent delta-opioid receptor agonist (Addiction treatment).



A tachykinin which affects the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines, and bowels; it contracts the smooth muscles and contributes to the purge. Shown to stimulate and recalibrate the functions of dopamine, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. 


Potent blood vessel dilators that also increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier. Phyllomedusin and Phyllokinin work synergistically to dilate your blood vessels and relax your muscles, while simultaneously triggering the "feel good" chemicals of dopamine and serotonin.



Stimulates the adrenal cortex and the pituitary gland, causes a fall in blood pressure, causes tachycardia, and has a potent action on the gastrointestinal smooth muscle, and stimulates gastric, biliary and pancreatic secretions.


Stimulates the adrenal cortex, causes a long-lasting fall in blood pressure and causes intense tachycardia. It interacts with the pituitary-adrenal axis and corticotropin-releasing receptors to help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behavior.  


Anti-microbial peptide that has shown lethal effects against filamentous fungi, as well as a broad spectrum of pathogenic microorganisms (kills cancerous cells). Acts on the adenosine receptors. Found to be rapidly and irreversibly effective against a range of parasitic microorganisms, they’re also entirely non-toxic to mammalian cells.Combined with their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, peptides in Kambo are especially promising for conditions like Cryptococcal meningitis in patients with late-stage HIV.



Has been shown to inhibit cancer cell (human prostatic adenocarcinoma) growth by more than 90%. This peptide penetrates cells and works by necrosis (active destruction) and not apoptosis (normal or programmed cell death). A potent antimicrobial for both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, and antiviral for herpes simplex virus. Also has been shown to exhibit strong anti-tumor activity, not by activation of apoptosis, but by stimulation of tumor cell necrosis.



Simulates the release of gastrin and pancreatic enzymes and causes contraction of the gallbladder. It also regulates appetitive, blood sugar, cardiac function and gastric acidity (liver, stomach and gallbladder cleanse)


Known to have multiple functions including temperature regulation & reproduction in women. 


Nona-Peptide that is similar to Bombesin. It encourages cleansing and purging. 


The effects that these peptides are having on the human brain are opening treatments for depression, stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. 



Activates receptors to have pain reducing effects. 



Known to have multiple functions by inducing muscle contraction, including uterus function, gut function, and hormone balance. 



The biological effects are related to smooth muscle contraction affecting the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines, and dilation of blood vessels helping to flush deep toxins.

Shown to have anti-microbial effects on a cellular level including breaking down Candida Albicans was and inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus Aureus and E. Coli.

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Kambo peptides, and their effects, are reported to cover a wide range of potential benefits for those suffering from the following:

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Cancer

  • HIV

  • Strokes

  • Lyme Disease

  • Herpes

  • Chronic Pain

  • Hepatitis

  • Diabetes

  • Depression / Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Addiction

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Vascular Disease

  • Rheumatism

The short-term effects of receiving Kambo can be enhanced resistance to tiredness, hunger, and thirst, an enhanced state of alertness, capacity to focus and still the mind. These effects can last for days or weeks.

Long-term, Kambo will strengthen and empower the immune system, help overcome fatigue and increase overall well-being. People that regularly take the vaccine very rarely get sick and have a lot of energy.

After people work with Kambo, they often see massive energetic shifts in their lives, from dramatic improvements to their physical health, to a reduction in depression and addictions, to relief from chronic pain and major illnesses.

History of Kambo

There is a legend that tells that the Natives of the village were very ill and the Shaman, Kampu, had done everything that was possible to cure them.

All of the medicinal herbs known to Kampu were used, but none could heal his people.

Kampu then entered the forest and, under the effect of Ayahuasca, received a visit of the Great God.


He brought in His hands a frog, from which He took a white secretion, and taught Kampu how to apply the medicine.


Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received, the Shaman, Kampu, was able to cure his people.


After Kampu’s death, it is believed that his spirit has started living in the frog and the indigenous began to use its secretion to stay active and healthy.


– from Kambo, The Spirit of the Shaman.


The Spiritual Power of Kambo


On a spiritual level, Kambo helps to integrate our mind with our heart and re-align our chakras.  It is also believed that it assists us in raising our prayers to “The Great Spirit” and is a multi-dimensional healer.


In the shamanic worldview, we gain assistance from plant and animal spirit allies. In the case of Kambo, we are allying with the Spirit of a Frog that has a very strong immunity to predators. Some believe the Spirit of Phyllomedusa bicolor lends us a similar power of being nearly impervious to predatory energy – physically, mentally and energetically.


As the DNA signature of the frog is introduced into our body, its Spirit gifts us with the power to cast off parasitic energies that prey on body, mind, and spirit. Once free of these energies, it is common to see natural health returned.


Synchronicities and good luck are also a common effect after Kambo. Many people report having synchronistic visitations by frogs in the days just before or after receiving Kambo.


Kambo works with your intention and what is most needed at the moment. Upon receiving it, Kambo scans your body and goes where it’s most needed. Working with the Frog Spirit is a very personal relationship and will vary every time, depending upon your intention and what the spirit is calling for.


The giant leaf frog population is currently listed as stable, but the explosion in Kambo’s popularity increases future risk for the species. With the increase in demand, some locals are incentivized to capture and sell the frogs, removing them from their original habitat and putting pressure on an ecologically sensitive species. And while “Kambo sticks” can be purchased online, it’s often difficult to be sure of the source origin and how it was procured.


The Kambo I use is harvested by the Matses tribe. The Matses live along the Javari River in the Upper Amazon, along the border of Brazil and Peru, where the frogs are plentiful.  It is carefully and ethically harvested; the frogs are not harmed during the process. The frogs are located in 70-100 ft. trees near the Igarapés (rainforest waterways) where they gather to sing and announce the rain. They are generally harvested at dawn by the Matses who locate them by singing and imitating their songs.


The frogs are very passive and do not react when picked up because they have no known predators. They are carefully tied by each leg with Palia (straw) strips into an “X” shape. Sometimes a shaman will massage the toes to encourage the secretion which is then carefully scraped off and left to dry on small sticks.

The frogs are “milked” at appropriately-spaced intervals, so they never need to be poked or “smoked” in order to stimulate secretion. They are then released and return to their habitat unharmed.


The Palia leaves a tiny white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the frog again until it has faded which takes at least 3 months.


They are always treated with utmost care and respect, as the Matses believe that to harm the frog will anger the animal spirits that they reside along with in the jungle. 

They have a deep respect and love for them, knowing they are our teachers and healers. 

Kambo collected in this way is considered 100% ethically harvested.  The funds they raise are shared among the 14 communities (approximately 3,200 Matses) residing on their extensive homeland. 


This Kambo is clean, always fresh, and only the first secretions, which are stronger, are utilized.  The frogs are also then left with sufficient secretion to defend themselves from predators.  Every stick is properly wrapped and stored.  You can always be sure that I only use the very best, ethically harvested, medicine