South American tribes have used kambo for centuries to heal and cleanse the body by strengthening its natural defenses and warding off bad luck. It was also believed to increase stamina and hunting skills.
Today shamans and naturopaths still use it for cleansing the body of toxins, as well as treating numerous health conditions. Proponents of kambo believe it can help with:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Autoimmune issues
- chronic pain
- Infections–viral and bacterial
- vascular conditions
Kambo medicine is sourced from Amazonian tree frogs (phyllomedusa bicolor) - commonly known as monkey frogs. The indigenous shamans of the Amazon are the only people who should collect Kambo.
The Matses tribe was gifted Kambo to help them survive their hostile environment. They claimed that it helped them hunt, heal, and improve their vision.
Kambo is obtained by gently scraping the venom off the back of the frog. It’s important that when you order Kambo to make sure that it was ethically sourced and the frogs weren’t injured.
Kambo medicine is administered typically on the shoulders, arms, or ankles. The top layer of skin is burnt and the medicine is placed on the dermis - Kambo enters the body through the lymphatic system. Kambo detoxifies the body systems, contracts and relaxes muscles, and dilates blood vessels.
Risks and Contraindications of Kambo
Kambo can be dangerous and its effects vary widely between users. If you still want to give it a try, there are a few important steps you can take to reduce your risk of complications.
- Above all, only highly experienced practitioners should administer kambo.