How it all started
The name “Kambo” originated from one of the most well-known stories told by the Kaxinawá tribe from the Brazilian Amazon.
It is said that the Kaxinawá’s most powerful shaman named Kampú or Kampum, went on a vision quest with the intention to find a cure for the many people who had fallen ill in his tribe. During his quest he was guided by a female spirit of the forest and was shown how to work with the medicine of the green frog. With this new knowledge, Kampú went back to his village, followed the instructions from the female spirit and cured his community of their illnesses.
Kambo is known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. Its scientific name is Phyllomedusa Bicolor – Phyllo meaning ‘leaf’ and medusa meaning ‘guardian’. This beautifully colored leaf guardian is the largest of the hylid amphibians and can be found throughout the Amazon rainforest of northern Bolivia, western and northern Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Peru, southern and eastern Venezuela, and the Guianas.
The Kambo frog can grow to be quite big with the male bodies measuring between 9-10 cm and the females measuring between 11-12cm. These frogs are nocturnal and arboreal, and because they have very few predators, they are found in abundance throughout the Amazon. In fact, the IUCN database lists them in the ‘Least Concern’ category because of the frogs large population and wide distribution. As of now, the only known threats to this species of frog are spawn predation and the potential destruction of their habitat, i.e. deforestation of the Amazon.
So why has this frog been revered by many tribes for thousands of years? As I mentioned above, another name for Kambo is ‘Vacina da Floresta’, or ‘Vaccine of the Forest’, and the people of the Amazon have been using the semi-milky secretion produced by the cutaneous glands of the Green Monkey Frog as a way to cleanse, heal and strengthen the mind, body and spirit.
What to expect
BEFORE: Be mindful leading up to the session with what you eat, as well as staying hydrated. Do not consume any alcohol or recreational drugs 24 hours before the session. No food 8-12 hours before the session, and no prolonged juice or water fasts. Do not take any medications on the day until after the treatment. Stop drinking water 2 hours before you arrive.
DURING: There is a purging process involved with Kambo, which means nausea, vomiting, defecation, and emotional releases such as crying. This is all part of the process as your body and spirit cleanses itself.
Small superficial burns are made to the skin and the top layer is gently wiped off creating a “gate.” The secretion is applied onto the gate and then enters through the lymphatic system. A rush of warmth throughout the body ensues, with your body starting to flush. The heartbeat will raise slightly, along with a slight drop in blood pressure. It is common to experience a swelling of the face.
After a few minutes, your stomach may begin to contract causing vomiting, part of the purging process. By working with Kambo, purging removes the toxins along with releasing and clearing out energy. There will be a bucket in front of you to purge into, and you will be assisted if needed to go the bathroom. After the Kambo points are removed, the purging process gradually subsides, and you will have time to rest. Herbal tea with honey and a light snack will be provided.
AFTER: People note feeling at peace and lighter following the treatment, with the effects lasting for a few weeks. Once the Kambo points are removed, Dragon’s Blood a medicinal tree sap from the Amazon is applied to the gates. This accelerates the healing and forms a protective layer to prevent infection. Kambo is usually kept on for 20-40 minutes, and a typical Kambo ceremony lasts 2-3 hours from beginning to end, including the resting phase. It can be a powerful and transformative experience, but may not be for everyone, so please do your own research. Viva Kambo!
Benefits of Kambo
Depression and anxiety relief. Stress, PTSD, and Adiciton relief, Chronic pain and fatigue alleviation, Releasing toxins, Migraines, Fertility Issues, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, HIV and other autoimmune disorders, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Hypertension, And much more
I am a fully trained and certified member of the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. Originally from South America, Bolivia. I now live in Southern California where I have been working with this powerful Medicina da Floresta. I am also an esthetician and Reiki practioner.
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