Kambo comes from the rainforests of the Upper Amazon. It's the secretion of a large green tree frog known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. Its scientific name is the Phyllomedusa bicolor. It is a nocturnal, tree dwelling frog.
Traditionally, Kambo was used in three ways. Firstly, as a way to cleanse, strengthen, and energize the mind and bodies of hunters. After taking Kambo, they were able to run faster, for longer, eat less, sleep less, and for a period of time, they believed that they would be invisible to the animals they were hunting because Kambo takes away "human smell" for a while.
Secondly, it has been used as a medicine for Malaria, fever, infections, and snake bites. Thirdly, 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. There are stories of Kambo being used for fertility, abortion, behavioral correction, and sexual attraction.
Kambo works on a number of levels - physical, emotional and energetic, and can be used to treat physical illness, as well as emotional and psychological concerns. Kambo contains an "assortment of peptides, neuropeptides and biopeptides that have very specific functions in the human body including neurotransmission, pain relief, anti-inflammation, detoxification, immune system boosting, hormone balance, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and much more."
Since its discovery by the west, Kambo has been the subject of a ton of medical research. Some researchers believe that Kambo holds the key to treatments for things like Depression, Anxiety, Autoimmune conditions, Parasites, Chronic bacterial or viral infections, Lyme disease, Drug and alcohol addictions, Chronic pain, Infertility, Fibromyalgia and more.
Recent studies have also shown that Kambo contains multiple antimicrobial peptides effective against drug resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites, viruses and candida. For those of you interested in doing some further reading and research, the IAKP website provides a number of resources and articles.
All initial sessions begin with a private consultation. We will discuss health issues and anything else you’d like to address during Kambo. We’ll decide where the points should go and what type of treatment you’ll receive. If it's your first time, we’ll start off with a test point and do a basic treatment to get a feel for your reaction to Kambo. Other treatments offered include traditional, meridians, chakras, auricular, and others – chosen by what best suits your needs. You’ll be drinking approximately 2 liters of water 10-20 minutes before the Kambo dots are applied.
We’ll burn the points, known as ‘gates’ - quick and not as painful as one might think. The top layer of skin is burned and then easily removed revealing the the subcutaneous layer of skin, where the medicine will be easily absorbed. The Kambo is prepared by adding a small amount of water and forming it into small dots which are placed on each of your burns. You may experience increased heart rate, rushing or pounding sensations and intense heat – all of which are normal. Nausea and purging effects can come on at any point but can take up to 10-20 minutes or longer – you may need up to forty minutes or more to complete the process. The Kambo dots will be left on your skin for 20-40 minutes.
After your treatment, allow time for a rest period, followed by taking it easy for the rest of the day. It's advised to have the day free to spend in nature or solitude so you can continue to integrate and process. Ultimately, your experience will be unique to you and can change each time you have Kambo.
Kambo is generally safe for nearly everyone to take and has few interactions with medications. However, there are some cautions and contraindications. All health conditions, medications, and supplements that are being taken should be discussed with your practitioner prior to the treatment.
Please read the following information carefully. You should NOT take Kambo if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
You should use caution and discuss with me in any of the following circumstances:
Please inform me of any health issues you have and medications you are taking! In most cases it is usually completely safe for most health conditions as well as for you to continue taking your normal medications, but please discuss this beforehand.
* Please note that Kambo is not a medical treatment and one should consult their health care provider in regards to their health plan or any cleansing program. Kambo is a shamanic ritual and ceremony from the Amazon Rainforest and is not a medicine. It is highly recommended that all participants do their own research in regards to the potential risks and benefits of taking Kambo. As with all forms of healing and medicine (herbal or pharmaceutical) each must be taken with respect, self-awareness and with a trusted practitioner. IAKP practitioners are not doctors nor any other form of medical practitioners. IAKP Practitioners do not diagnose, treat or cure physical or mental health concerns, offer health advice or prescribe medicines in any form. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and all information on this website is provided for informational purposes only.