Each tribe has its own legend or story about how they
came to use Kambo. The most prevalent legend comes from Brazil.
This Kaxinawá legend tells that the Indians of the
tribe were very ill and their medicine man (Pajé in Brazil) had done everything
that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none
Under the effect of sacred plant medicines, he entered the forest and whilst there received a visit from a female spirit of the forest.
She brought in her hands a frog, from which she took a
white secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the tribe
and following the guidelines he had received, the Pajé was able to cure his
brothers and sisters. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu or Kampum.
After his death, his spirit lived on in the frog,
where it continued its mission to protect the health of those who defend the
forest. The secretion became known as Kambo but in some tribes it is called
Sapo, Dow-Kiet, Kampu or Vacina da Floresta.
Usage spread, and for thousands of years, Kambo has
been used as medicine by the Kaxinawá people, and by many other indigenous
groups including the Amahuaca, Katukina, Kulina, Yawanawá, Matses, Marubo and
Mayoruna. It is still used widely amongst indigenous people in the Amazon to
The first observations of Kambo use were made by a French priest, Father Constantin Tastevin in 1925 whilst he was staying with the Kaxinawá tribe in the upper Juruá River in Brazil. In the 1980’s an American Anthropologist, Katherine Milton described Kambo use among the Mayoruna tribe in Brazil and in the 1980s Peter Gorman wrote about his experiences taking Kambo with the Matses tribe in Peru.
During the 1990’s, rubber tappers in Brazil learned about Kambo from the Amazon Indians. They began to take it out into the towns of Acre and apply it themselves. Having spent several years living with the Katukina, Francisco Gomes from Cruzeiro do Sol was one of the first people to pioneer the use of Kambo outside the Amazon. The practice spread and soon people in the larger cities of Brazil were using Kambo.
In 2004, ANVISA, the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária in Brazil prohibited any advertising of the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of Kambo. This was in response to representation made to the Brazilian government by the Katukina people with regard to intellectual property rights. Aside from this restriction, Kambo is legal everywhere in the world.
What is Kambo Ceremony?
Kambo is a medicine from frog used in different native tribes to cleanse the body and spirit. The local tribesmen traditionally use it for: Healing and cleansing of the body (Kambo cleanse) Physical strength and stamina Spiritual and mental clarity Luck and zest of life. Kambo is protective secretion from the skin of the waxy-monkey tree-frog, scientifically known as Phyllomedusa Bicolor. It is a powerful, holistic, and ancient medicine native to the Indigenous Panoan-speaking tribes of the Amazon Rain-forest. Kambo is not a hallucinogenic. Kambo treatment is a healing journey composed of Indigenous healing methods, earth-honoring rituals, grounding meditation, sacred music, and therapeutic sound. Through a combination of these elements, the ceremony offers initiation into new levels of personal power, health, and harmony.
Among several Panoan tribes, Kambo has been used for
many generations with great success and continues to be an important healing
practice today. While they prescribe Kambo for various ailments, the three main
To lift panema: remove negative, depressive energy, eliminate
sluggishness, open up life’ath and usher in good luck
To hunt: heighten the senses, sharpen the mind, enhance awareness, reduce pain,
increase energy and speed
To treat illness: boost the immune system, fight infections, kill
bacteria, eliminate viruses, detoxify, and more.
Outside of the forest, Kambo has been the subject of more than three decades of medical research. It has been found to be one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anesthetic substances in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower the immune system and detox the liver and intestines. Additionally, due to it’s anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and pain relieving properties – all of which greatly ease the withdrawl process – many people praise the benefits of Kambo for addiction.
Kambo’s Cleansing Potential:
The properties of kambo peptides make it a promising treatment for the following conditions:
and Parkinson’s disease
to opiate or prescription painkillers (Kambo reduces physical pain, thus
helping people kick their addictions to other painkillers)
or non-beneficial attached energies
Currently, there is no research indicating Kambo
benefits human health, and it is not officially classified as a medicine. There
is no regulation of this treatment by the Food and Drug Administration or other
authorities, though Kambo is legal in the U.S., and people who use it swear by
Diet before Kambo:
Avoid, dairy, red meat, processed foods, and spicy or
stimulating foods. The day of Kambo it is better to avoid coffee and have tea
if you are concerned about caffeine withdrawal. Also the day of Kambo please
avoid all salt. Make sure you do not have anything to eat for a minimum of
10-12 hours before taking kambo.
Kambo Duration in your system:
A circle from opening to close can be anywhere from
2-4 hours, with Kambo typically remaining on the skin for between 20-40
minutes. It is very common that once Kambo is removed from the skin, one
recalibrates almost instantly.
Preparation for Kambo
It is ideal to fast at least 8 hours before the Kambo ceremony. If your ceremony is in the morning, No breakfast, coffee, caffeinated tea or juice. Abstain from any supplements or medications unless necessary. You can resume medications after session.
Kambo is powerful substance and shouldn’t be administered except under the care of an experienced practitioner. A practitioner can help guide you to gain the maximum benefits from a Kambo treatment, helping you to set an intention before the ceremony, ensure proper set and setting during the ceremony, and integrate the experience afterward.