Kambo is a traditional ritual that uses the poison of the giant monkey frog, to purify the body and treat various health conditions.
The giant monkey frog is native to the Amazon rainforest.
They reside in parts of Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela.
People in many cultures revere giant monkey frogs for their alleged healing abilities. Many indigenous tribes and urban populations use the cleanse for a number of reasons.
Traditionally, hunters would participate in the ritual to heighten their senses and stamina before a hunt.
Proponents believe that the kambo can purify the physical body of toxic substances, as well as purify the mind and spirit of negative energy. They also claim that the ritual can:


  • bring luck
  • increase stamina
  • cure physical ailments
  • Some proponents believe that kambo can treat the following:
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • cancer
  • infertility
  • chronic pain
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • migraines
  • infections
  • addiction

During the kambo ritual, a shaman will burn small holes into the top layers of the skin using the end of a burning stick.
They will then apply a small amount of kambo to each burn.
The shoulder is the typical location for kambo administration, but the practitioner may also apply it to the back, legs, or feet.
Within minutes of applying the kambo, people tend to experience immediate and generally unpleasant symptoms, such as:


  • Sweating
  • tachycardia, or a rapid heart rate
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of bladder control
  • muscle contractions

Many people report feeling a burning sensation throughout their bodies. Dizziness, nausea, and violent vomiting, which can last for several minutes, quickly followed by a burning sensation.
When the symptoms begin to decrease, a shaman may encourage the person to rehydrate by drinking water.
Drinking water helps flush out toxins.


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