Manataka American Indian Council

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Sacred Frog Medicine:

Kambo Ceremony

By Peter Bowden, Australia



Kambo is “one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower your immune system.” Kambo or Sapo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit.

Kambo is a secretion from one of the largest Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog.


Kambo is the name given to the traditional Shamanic frog venom cleanse that is used to strengthen and heal mind, body and spirit. The scientific name for this frog is Phyllomedusa bicolor or “Giant Monkey Frog”. This frog lives in the Northwestern part of the Amazon Rainforest, namely Colombia and on the border between Brazil and Peru and is used by indigenous tribes there to gain strength, immunity and hunting magic. This cute frog secretes a poisonous sweat from its skin, the potency of which will repel all predators.

The secretion from the Giant Monkey Frog is applied to the skin after small burns are made with the tip of a glowing stick. Once applied, Kambo stimulates a purge while toxins and ‘bad luck’ or ‘panema’ are kicked out of the body.

Kambo is used by the Native people as ‘vaccine’ to ward off illness, bad luck, to give hunting strength and even to increase attractiveness! Kambo is a very exciting traditional shamanic healing modality and many people have reported immense physical and psychological benefit from its application.

Now, the popularity and use of Kambo as a natural medicine is spreading worldwide. As the scientific and medical research into the secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor grows, skilled practitioners are also developing new ways to work with this powerful medicine from the Amazonian Rain Forest, which allows it to be accessible to almost everyone in a safe and manageable way.

How does Kambo Benefit Me?

Traditionally Kambo was used in three different ways.
The first way is to cleanse, strengthen and energise the minds and bodies of the hunters as they were able to run faster, for longer, eat less and sleep less for a period of time after taking Kambo.

Secondly it has been used as medicine for Malaria, fever, infections and snake bites.

And lastly it was used to clear away dark or negative energy known as ‘Panema’. When Panema is cleared, everything becomes easier, obstacles can be overcome and life flows more naturally.

In the modern world, there is a multitude of research projects within universities, research establishment and pharmaceutical companies to identify the chemical composition of Kambo and to look ay possible medicinal uses of those components. Several of the constituent substances have already been identified and synthesised and are available to purchase online. These substances are all known as Peptides.

When to use Kambo
“The Amazonian tribes believe that we as living humans are constantly surrounded by a dense cloud that prevents us from seeing clearly. This cloud is called “panema” by the Katukina people. ‘Panema’ could be translated with an expression such as ‘negative energy’, bad luck’, depression’ or ‘laziness’. By receiving Kambo treatments on a regular basis we have the chance to get rid of this greyish cloud of negative energy, to live a healthy life and to fulfil our physical potentialities.” – Giovanni Lattanzi

As well as this energetic clearing effect, Kambo has potent physical benefits as well. Kambo is traditionally used to gain strength, maintain or regain health, and to provide immunity. The Secretion is applied often times before hunting parties depart in order to increase strength, improve vision and lend the hunters a ‘magical’ ability to locate prey. Kambo is also traditionally used to cleanse the body of just about any illness including Rainforest specials like malaria and spider bite.

What to Expect During Your Kambo Experience
Kambo is considered an ‘ordeal’ medicine. This means that your experience within the Kambo Cleanse will most likely be a purification ordeal and may not be easy. Kambo has a cleansing and purgative effect and you can expect to feel nauseous, vomit and excrete for an hour or so as your body and spirit are being cleansed.                   

Once the Kambo is applied to the skin, a feeling of warmth immediately follows. The face, skin and core of your body will feel a heat within. The heart will beat slightly faster and ‘bigger’. Blood pressure will fall slightly. Relax into the experience. It is helpful to work with the breath: Inhale and receive the medicine with love and trust, exhale and surrender. It is a common experience that the throat may gently swell. This is normal. It will not swell shut. The face may also swell a little too. If you sit up straight throughout the experience and breath, most people experience no swelling. Simply relax into the cleansing sensations and allow the Spirit of Frog to purify and fortify you.

After a short while, 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 dots will be removed from your body and the major part of your cleanse is over. Many people report feeling very peaceful immediately after the treatment and often the next day one feels amazing.

The Process

Kambo is applied to superficial burns on the skin. A small stick is made red hot and just the top layer of skin is removed. The Kambo is then applied onto the burn and absorbed into the body. Once applied, Kambo stimulates a purge while toxins and ‘bad luck’ or ‘panema’ are released out of the body.

Duration of the Kambo Experience
A typical Kambo ceremony lasts about 3 hours. The time spent in the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as a couple of hours.


Who is it for?

– People who are looking to open their heart, shift through depression
– People who want to detox their body and soul
– People who want to boost their immune system to overcome any sorts of disease – need to clear their bodies from toxins
– People with high blood pressure
– Some chronic diseases and some stages of cancer

Who is Kambo not for?

Kambo has no known detrimental side effects so when it is responsibly administered it is completely safe. There are very few people who cannot take it. Generally, kambô/sapo is not for you if you have or have had any of the following situations or health conditions: (This is not an exhaustive list.)
• Under 18 years of age
• Stroke.
• Heart bypass surgery.
• Enlarged heart.
• Implanted cardioverter defibrillators.
• Pericardial effusion.
• Congestive heart disease.
• Excess fluid in the heart sack.
• Heart valve replacement surgery.
• Organ transplant.
• Blood clots.
• Serious mental health conditions (please discuss with us) • Seriously low blood pressure that requires medication.
• If you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby under 1 year old.
• If you are menstruating at the time of treatment, Kambo may well cause the flow to
increase for 24-36 hours because it contains powerful vasodilators. • If you are Diabetic it’s important to discuss your treatment in advance.
* People who are after a quick fix
* You must inform us if you have ever or are currently suffering from a mental health
condition, regardless of whether or not you are taking medication.
* The only exception to this is depression. In most cases it is usually completely safe for you to continue taking your normal medication but please discuss this beforehand.
If you have any chronic condition please send us an email so Peter will find the best treatment plan for you.
If you are physically unwell, have ongoing chronic issues or have a history of psychological issues – this medicine will likely still support you. Yet we would ask you to please do not join a group session as you would be better served working with a Medicine Person individually as you will have more personal attention.

Preparing for your Kambo Session
The Days Before: Eat as wholesome as possible in the days leading up to your Kambo ceremony. Diminish or eliminate fried food, over processed food and alcohol. Drink plenty of water so that your tissues are hydrated. Adding electrolytes (non-sugar) and liquid minerals to your water help prepare your body. Do not consume alcohol or recreational drugs for 24 hours prior to your session.

Please note: There is no need for fasting in the days leading up to Kambo except for the 12 hours prior. No juice or water fasts.

If you have fasted for Kambo, done colonics or animas in the week leading up to this medicine you may not be able to sit on the day of ceremony.

Please inform the Medicine Person if you have.

More information will be provided once you've expressed your interest.