What is kambo?

Kambo, a traditional shamanic practice

uses the secretion of the giant green monkey tree frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) from the Amazon to bring about a deep physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual cleansing process. Indigenous tribes have used this frog poison for centuries. Warriors used it to increase stamina, strength and clarity, as well as to bring luck and other good things upon themselves. Oral traditions also report of a time when the power of kambo to heal a community was revealed to a shaman in a vision induced by Ayahuasca, a traditional spiritual medicine of the Amazon. According to legend, kambo takes its name from a legendary medicine man, Kampu, who divined its healing potential from a forest spirit. Like many other substances with origins in medicinal use performed by shamans, kambo is still used today in ceremonies. Known also as a kambo cleanse, or sometimes just kambo, the kambo ceremony is an essential part of the entire healing experience.

“Kambo is alive. Therefore, it has spirit,” “Alive because nature made it, through the frog. It is complete and perfect, not a dead component like the drugs we get prescribed. Since the medicine comes from life itself, it also works from where it begins; in the heart”.

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: