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Kambo, also known as Kampuc, Sapo or Monkey Frog Poison, is a traditional medicine used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest, primarily in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. The medicine is derived from the secretions of the Phyllomedusa bicolor, a species of tree frog native to the region.

The traditional process of collection and usage of Kambo

involves several important steps and rituals.


Collection of Kambo:
The Kambo medicine is collected by experienced shamans or tr
ibal members who have undergone rigorous training and have a deep understanding of the frog's habitat and behaviors. The process of collecting Kambo is done sustainably to ensure the frog's survival and the continued availability of the medicine. Typically, a small area of the frog's skin is lightly stimulated, causing it to secrete the venom. The venom is then collected carefully without harming the frog.

Traditional Process of Administration:
Before administering Kambo, the tribe holds a ceremony that involves chanting, singing, and specific rituals to invoke the spirits and energies of the jungle. The shaman or a knowledgeable healer applies small, burnt points on the skin, usually on the shoulder, arm, or leg. The skin is then gently burned or scraped, and the Kambo venom is applied topically to the small wounds.

Usage of Kambo:
Kambo is known for its intense purgative effects, and the ceremony participants typically experience its effects within minutes of administration. The purgative effects result in vomiting and, in some cases, mild diarrhea. The cleansing process is believed to rid the body of physical and spiritual impurities, promoting physical healing, mental clarity, and emotional well-being.


While Kambo is considered safe when used by trained practitioners within the traditional context, it is essential to recognize that it may not be suitable for everyone. Contraindications include:

  1. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Kambo can be potentially harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding women and their babies.

  2. Heart conditions: Individuals with severe heart conditions or a history of strokes should avoid Kambo due to its strong effects on the cardiovascular system.

  3. Severe medical conditions: People with severe medical conditions, such as organ transplant recipients or those undergoing chemotherapy, should avoid Kambo.

  4. Mental health issues: Individuals with a history of severe mental health disorders may be at risk of exacerbation from the intense emotional and psychological effects of Kambo.

  5. Certain medications: Some medications may interact with Kambo, leading to adverse effects or reducing the medication's effectiveness.

It is crucial to consult a qualified healthcare professional before considering Kambo, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns.


Spiritual Beliefs and Tribes' Perspectives:
For the indigenous tribes who use Kambo, the medicine holds deep spiritual significance. They believe that Kambo connects them to the spirit of the frog and the jungle, allowing them to tap into its healing power and wisdom. The ceremony is seen as a way to purify not just the physical body but also the spirit and mind. The intense purging is thought to expel negative energies, bad luck, and spiritual blockages.

The Kambo ceremony is also regarded as a rite of passage for young members of the tribe, symbolizing their initiation into adulthood and their responsibility to protect and preserve their people and the rainforest. The frog itself is considered sacred and is treated with great respect and reverence.

In conclusion, Kambo medicine has been an integral part of indigenous Amazonian tribes' traditional healing practices for centuries. Its collection, preparation, and usage are steeped in deep spiritual beliefs and cultural significance. While it has gained interest in the broader world for its potential healing properties, it should be approached with caution and respect, seeking guidance from experienced practitioners who understand the traditional and sacred nature of this medicine.

Kambo at Los Cielos: Here we follow the guidance of the Huni Kuin and Matses Traditions with Kambo. Our Kambo Treatments happen in the morning and are part of the purification process and based on the recommendation of the curanderas and the safety, desire and sovereignty of each individual participant. For those in treatment for specific ailments and those in Master Plant Dietas it may or may not be recommended depending on your health conditions and the parameters of your Master Plant. 

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