Kambo Experience in the Amazon Jungle
Kambo, Sapo is an ancient medicine from the Amazon jungle – a secretion from a large frog which is applied through a fresh burn directly into the bloodstream.
It is a deeply revered special medicine in the Amazonian jungle pharmacy – known in the jungle culture for strengthening, sharpening the fight or flight response and helping to bring balance in extreme circumstances. Bringing sharpness, clarity and vigour.
It’s a powerful purgative, offering deep purification – creating intense heat, so you may sweat, vomit, maybe with diahorea for a short time. It’s immediate physical effects are relatively short lived – less than 20 minutes but this is an intense purge and purification.
The frog is also known as the Phyllomedusa bicolour frog, with the common name – the wax tree frog or the giant leaf frog. They typically range in size from 3 to 4.5 inches for an adult and have a lime green body with a white or yellow underside. It’s found in large numbers throughout the Amazon basin, abundant in Peru, Colombia, Brasil.
Some of the chemical and scientific observations that have been recorded, include:
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Strong purge of the intestines
- Increasing sensory perception
- Acts as an analgesic, improving resistance, increasing physical strength
- Improving tolerance to pain and stress
- Improved digestion – the analgesic effect has been verified with renal colic pain caused by peripheral vascular insufficiency and cancer pains
- Anti-inflammatory effect, able to destroy microbes and virus’ to heal infections
- Has also been used to help people with addiction etc.
kambo is a fire medicine when combined with the water that is drunk before the treatment an alchemical transformation takes place and the old toxins are released through vomiting or urgent defecation this process of cleansing not only at the physical also spiritual level when connecting with Our natural wisdom reflects our negative experiences and shows us what we should avoid and what we can do to improve our condition normally gives us the energy we need in our spiritual path
kambo does, technically, have psychoactive properties, even though its psychoactive effects.
scientific research into the secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor grows, skilled practitioners are also developing new ways to work with this powerful substance from the Amazonian Rain Forest, which allows it to be accessible to almost everyone in a safe and manageable way.
How long does a Kambo treatment last? A circle from opening to close can be anywhere from 1-2 hours, with Kambo typically remaining on the skin for between20-40 minutes. It is very common that once Kambo is removed from the skin, one recalibrates almost instantly.
Researchers have discovered that kambo contains a number of compounds that have various effects on the human body, such as contracting or relaxing the muscles, dilating the blood vessels, and stimulating brain cells.
The Kambo ritual
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.
How to collect Kambo
Because giant monkey frogs are nocturnal, they are only active at night, which makes it difficult to collect kambo. However, they have a distinct call, which shamans use to locate their nests.
After capturing a giant monkey frog, a shaman collects the waxy secretions, or kambo, from its legs. They will carefully scrape the secretions onto wooden sticks and leave them to dry.
Once the shaman has collected the kambo, they aim to release the frog, relatively unharmed, back into the forest.