Benefits & Science of Kambo


In the Amazon Rainforest, this medicine is known to bring happiness to those who take it, to bring luck, and to unblock and circulate the heart chakra among many other benefits.

Kambo has been scientifically researched for over 20 years.  Scientists believe that Kambo has the potential for treating a wide variety of hard to treat conditions such as

The indigenous tribes say the main reason to receive the natural vaccine is to remove “Panama” which is the thick cloud of haziness that sits on the top of the energy field of a person. It brings the person back to his/her natural state of perfect harmony and highest physical, emotional and spiritual potential, reconnecting one to self.

What is Kambo?

Kambo is the waxy secretion of a tree frog living in the northwestern part of the Amazon rainforest. The scientific name for this frog is ‘Phyllomedusa bicolor’ or ‘Giant Monkey Frog’. It has traditionally been used by indigenous people to get rid of ‘panema’ or bad luck, which allows life to become easier and flow more effortlessly, as well as for ‘hunting magic’.

Kambo was used for hunting prowess and to cleanse, strengthen and energize the minds and bodies of tribal hunters.  Kambo enabled them to have increased speed and stamina, eat less and sleep less during the hunt.   It has also traditionally been used by indigenous people as medicine to treat snake bites, malaria, yellow fever and other epidemic diseases.

Tribes of the Amazon often refer to Kambo as "Hunting Magic" as it strengthens the physical body and the mind. Kambo brings energy and stamina into the body and sharpens the senses. It makes the mind still and allows one to think clearly. The small things that bother us daily do not seem to be as significant following a Kambo session, allowing one to focus on the things that truly matter in life.

What to Expect

You will drink 1 liter of water before the medicine goes on. This helps with the purging process. Not everyone throws up with kambo and that is ok!

Kambo can be applied anywhere on the body, but is more effective near the Lymph nodes. For your first session I will either place the medicine on your arm or leg. We will decide together the day of ceremony. Any session after that we can explore the back with the chakras, stomach, ears + more.

A small stick is used to burn the first layer of skin with a number of points to create your gates.

The number and position of the points will vary from person to person, depending on individual needs. Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System via these 'gates'. Usually for a first treatment, one should expect to receive 3-5 points. However, some require less and some much more. Generally these marks fade within two weeks and disappear completely within 6 months, depending on how healthy the body is at the time of placement.

After the drinking the liquid, I will place your Kambo 'dots' on your 'gates'. This begins your Kambo journey.

Kambo ceremony
Kambo - Giant Monkey Frog.

Usually the effects of Kambo are felt within 1-3 minutes depending on the area of the body the gates were placed.  You will know kambo is kicking in when you start to feel a slight temperature rise and energetic rush in the crown. At this time I will bring focus to your breath and suggest you breathe deeply and slowly. Try to observe what sensations you are experiencing. With the awareness of the heartbeat rising it will be time to relax, focus on the breath and surrender to the process.

If you would like to drink some water, you’re welcome to. Your heart rate will begin to rise for a couple of minutes and you will have a lot of sensation and possibly some swelling (as the medicine is flushing the system out) in the throat and face. You will feel a slight discomfort in your stomach while bile is ejected into your stomach, from the liver and gallbladder. Decades of toxins are loosened and collected, and soon the purging will begin helping to ease the discomfort.

The uncomfortable part of the experience is NOT the Kambo, it is the toxins your body is releasing. You manifest this discomfort every day, but don’t realize it, because this negative energy is dispersed throughout the body. Kambo gives us the gift of opening the body, mind, and spirit. It cleanses desensitization. Many emotions may be released during your session.

Some people cry and have a deep emotional release; others can feel euphoria as negative emotions are removed from the body.

The energetic pressure and temperature will soon reduce while the process is nearing resolution. The entire process will usually take approximately 20-40 minutes varying between individuals. Typically you're not throwing up that whole time. Purging comes in many forms. Crying, sweating, burping, yawing, laughing, shaking.  About 5-15 minutes of that can be intense while deep purging is happening. Energy pulses throughout the body and the hands with a sense of electricity circulating in each and every cell. The cleaner and stronger the body, the easier the process will be, and it happens quickly; usually in a few sessions.

The majority of people are fine to drive home after, they generally can go on about their day, as normal, but they may feel the Kambo working in the digestive tract. In the jungle, hunters take this medicine, then go on very long hunts.

The following day, you should feel great, and have more and more energy each day. Be sure to drink lots of electrolytes and stay hydrated. I recommend taking the day off from any other actives to process your ceremony & just be.  

peptides in kambo

Kambo was comprised of a chemical structure analyzed and lauded by Nobel prize-nominated scientists.
Peptides are chains of amino acids. These building blocks of proteins play a pivotal role in life, and when they bond in unique sequences, they form peptides. Each sequence determines the peptide's role, from cell-to-cell communication and hormone modulation to countless vital processes.

Kambo contains a number of active compounds:

“What makes venom so deadly also makes it ideal template for drugs — currently treating and saving the lives of millions each year. Toxins in venoms evolved to immobilize and kill prey and predator. With extreme precision, toxins aim for targets controlling vital mechanisms like nerve-to-muscle signaling, blood circulation, or coagulation. Often, the very same targets are implicated in diseases. Thus, having control of those targets with toxins or toxin-derived molecules have a therapeutic effect. Venoms are the source of 20 medications for heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and HIV pain. Several more toxin drug-leads are in clinical trials.”

Dr. Zoltan Takacs

When to Use Kambo

The indigenous tribes say the main reason to receive the natural vaccine is to remove ‘Panema’ which is the thick cloud of haziness that sits on top of the energy field of a person. ‘Panema’ can also be translated as bad luck, laziness, depression, or confusion.  It is the state of being that attracts discomfort and disease. Kambo is said to remove ‘Panema’ and bring the person back to his/her natural state of perfect harmony and highest physical, emotional and spiritual potential, reconnecting one to self.  According to the tribes, when nothing is going right in your life, it is the right moment to take Kambo.

As well as this energetic clearing effect, Kambo has potent physical benefits also. Kambo is used as a traditional shamanic medicine to gain strength, maintain or regain health, and to provide immunity. The tribes, often times, apply it before hunting, in order to increase strength, improve vision and lend the hunters a ‘magical’ ability to locate prey. It is also used to cleanse the body of just about any illness, such as headaches, allergies, thyroid problems, arthritis, infections, addiction to pharmaceuticals, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, and so on. The tribes also use it for rainforest specific issues, such as malaria and snake and spider bites.

It is highly recommended to receive 3 applicationsof Kambo within one moon cycle (28 days) in order to achievethe full potential and for longer beneficial effects.


According to Huni Kuin legend, Kambo is supposedly named after Kampu or Kampum, the legendary Pajé (medicine man). After the members of the tribe fell ill, their Pajé exhausted all options of medicinal herbs to cure them but nothing helped. During a sacred plant medicine ceremony, he received a visit from a forest spirit who brought forth a frog, from which she took a secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Later, he returned to his tribe and, following the guidelines, he was able to cure his tribe members. After his death, it was said that his spirit lived on in the giant monkey frog and continues to protect the health and heal those who seek it. The secretion became known as Kambo, however in some tribes it is known as Sapo, Dow-Kiet, Kampu or Vacuna de Floresta.

Kambo has long been used by indigenous Pano-speaking groups in the Amazon, including the Katukina, Asháninka, Yawinawá, and Matsés (or Mayoruna). Traditional uses of Kambo include increasing strength and stamina and dispersing negative energy, or panama. It is primarily used in the rainforest as a hunting aid, reducing the need for food and water and minimizing the human scent.

The first Westerner to witness Kambo use in the Amazon was the French missionary Constantin Tastevin, who stayed with the Huni Kuin in 1925. According to his informants, the ritual of self-envenomation originated with the neighboring Yawinawá.

Kambo was rediscovered in the 1980s by journalist Peter Gorman and anthropologist Katharine Milton—both of whom spent time living with the Matsés/Mayoruna of northeastern Peru/southwestern Brazil. They each supplied Kambo samples to the biochemists John Daly and Vittorio Erspamer, who analyzed the secretion's peptide content and saw great medical potential.

Pharmaceutical companies have made efforts to synthesize and patent Kambo peptides, and have made promising strides towards new and effective medications derived from the Phyllomedusa peptides.

Katharine Milton, anthropologist
Peter Gorman, journalist

International awareness of Kambo continues to grow, having spiked around the mid-2000s. Today, Western-trained applicators hold Kambo ceremonies around the world.

Benefits of Kambo

Scientific studies show that the Phyllomedusa bicolor secretion is made up of many peptides that are beneficial to the human body. Some of these peptides traverse the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the endocrine glands of the brain, resulting in an immune effect and a deep cleanse of the body.  Kambo has antibiotic properties and strengthens the immune system, while physically destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Kambo is traditionally known to be anti-inflammatory, to relieve joint pain, to heal eyesight, and to ease pain. Kambo peptides, and their effects, are reported to cover a wide range of potential medical uses: treatment of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, depression, migraines, blood circulation problems, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, skin and eyes issues, cancer, fertility problems in women, AIDS, candida, hepatitis, herpes, and more.   Kambo enters the lymphatic system, waking up the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Unlike many other natural and pharmaceutical substances, Kambo crosses the blood-brain barrier, enabling it to reach deep in the body and bring support to otherwise difficult to treat areas.

Kambo ceremony
Kambo - Giant Monkey Frog.

Dis-EASE manifests in the physical body but originates in the spiritual body when the owner consciously or unconsciously chooses to move from a state of balance.  Unlike “Western” medicine, Kambo works on ALL the bodies and rebalances/resets us.

The short-term effects of receiving a treatment can be enhanced resistance to tiredness, hunger and thirst, enhanced state of alertness, capacity to focus and still the mind. These effects can last for days or weeks. Long-term, Kambo will strengthen and empower the immune system, help overcome fatigue and increase overall well-being. People that regularly take the vaccine very rarely get sick and have a lot of energy.

After people do Kambo, they often see massive energetic shifts in their lives, from dramatic improvements to their physical health, to reduction in depression and addictions, to relief from chronic pain and major illnesses.

Ethics Around Kambo

Due to the ongoing demand and popularity over Kambo in recent years, there is a growing concern over ethical practices around the treatment of the Phyllomedusa bicolor (or waxy-monkey tree frog). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) endangered species database lists them in the "Least Concern" category, in view of their current wide distribution and large population. Also worthy of mentioning, the Phyllomedusa bicolor frog has no known predators.

The Kambo frog is fairly easy to track down in order to extract the secretion. While still dark out, the indigenous tribes who harvest Kambo go into the jungle and imitate the frog's song in order to locate them. The frogs willingly come down, are gently tied by the legs and harmlessly stressed to induce the secretion. This waxy substance is then scraped from its back and legs and put onto wooden sticks where it is dried and can be stored for up to a year. The frog is then released back into its habitat unharmed, still left with enough of its secretion so that it still has protection in the wild. The markings on its leg indicate that it was recently harvested and can take up to three months to disappear, therefore it won't be used again until the rings have fully disappeared.

Even though the frog may be stressed at times of harvest, the frog is not dispatched. This frog is considered sacred and held with the upmost reverence by the indigenous tribes who work with it and will continue to be protected by these tribes. One last word on ethics regarding Kambo: these frogs will no longer produce their secretion if held in captivity, therefore, they will always remain wild and free in their natural habitat.

Spiritual Aspects of Kambo

Kambo works on a spiritual level as well as a physical one. The frog, helps to connect us with our innate wisdom and shows us what we can do in order to improve our situation in life. During Kambo treatments, we can receive insights and, changes that we need to make, can be revealed.  With Kambo, an instinctive intelligence is taking over the allowance of our natural wellness.  Kambo can enable us to end unhealthy habits and thought patterns and allow us to become more open to receive guidance from Spirit.

Contrain-dications and Cautions

Contraindications for Kambo

Kambo has no known detrimental side effects, so when it is responsibly administered, it is completely safe.  There are some people who should not take it; generally, it is not for you if you have, or have had in the past, any of the following conditions (This is not an exhaustive list):

  • Stroke
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Enlarged heart
  • Implanted cardioverter defibrillators
  • Congestive heart disease
  • Excess fluid in the heart sac
  • Heart valve replacement surgery
  • Organ transplant
  • Aneurism
  • Active ulcers
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Have had a psychotic episode in the past 5 years
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Blood clots
  • Epilepsy
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments (and 6 weeks afterwards)
  • Any previous Oesophagus/Esophagus bleeding or rupture
  • Serious mental health conditions, excluding depression, PTSD, and anxiety
  • Lack the mental capacity to decide to take Kambo
  • Seriously low blood pressure that requires medication
  • Anyone recovering from a major surgical procedure
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women with babies under 6-months old
  • Within 6 weeks of giving birth
  • Under 18 years of age

Cautions for Kambo:

Preparing for Your Kambo Cleanse

The Days Before
(2-3 prior):

  1. Eat as wholesome as possible in the days leading up to your Kambo ceremony
  2. Diminish or eliminate fried, heavy, over-processed and spicy food, alcohol, and other recreational drugs
  3. Drink plenty of water so that your tissues are hydrated. Adding electrolytes (non-sugar) and liquid minerals to your water will help prepare your body
    *With the exception of the 10-12 hours you will fast, drinking only water, before your Kambo treatment
  5. Do not eat anything for 10-12 hours before ceremony

What to

  1. Layered clothing for hot and cold temperature fluctuations (and a change of clothing in case yours gets soiled during treatment)
  2. A contact lens case with solution added (if you choose to receive Sananga eye drops and wear contact lenses)
  3. A hair band or clip if your hair is long

The day of the ceremony you will fast from food. You should not have eaten for 10-hours prior. You are permitted to drink water during the 10-hour fast but not excessively.  Set your intentions.

Day of Ceremony:


Meditating with the breath is the best preparation for a Kambo ceremony. Breathe and invite the spirit of the medicine into you, exhale and surrender your ego, your weight, your toxicity. Breathe in and soften to the medicine, breathe out and let go.

Kambo ceremony

A typical Kambo group ceremony lasts 3-4 hours (private sessions last about 2 hours). The time spent in the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as a couple of hours. Kambo is a very physical experience which involves a feeling of heat in the body usually followed by vomiting and sometimes evacuating from the intestines as the body purges toxins from the various organs.

The medicine is applied to the skin after small superficial burns are made with a red hot ember vine stick (similar to incense).  Only the top layer of the skin is gently burned. Traditionally, the points are placed on the lower right leg for women, and men usually have their points placed on their upper left arm.  There are no right or wrong places for the point placements, so it is a good idea to think about where you would like them ahead of time.  Please keep in mind that the area chosen must not be disturbed during treatment, as the medicine must remain where it is placed to be effective.    The amount of points used depends on the number of times that the person has already received treatment, the reason for the application, physical condition, and overall assessment by the practitioner based on her/his knowledge.

The medicine is applied to the skin after small superficial burns are made with a red hot ember vine stick (similar to incense).  Only the top layer of the skin is gently burned. Traditionally, the points are placed on the lower right leg for women, and men usually have their points placed on their upper left arm.  There are no right or wrong places for the point placements, so it is a good idea to think about where you would like them ahead of time.  Please keep in mind that the area chosen must not be disturbed during treatment, as the medicine must remain where it is placed to be effective.    The amount of points used depends on the number of times that the person has already received treatment, the reason for the application, physical condition, and overall assessment by the practitioner based on her/his knowledge.

The mind is often made quite clear and focused and some say they receive specific messages. Kambo works mostly to purge the body of toxins, heaviness, and dullness of body and spirit. The benefits that many report usually come in the days and weeks that follow. Many people report feeling very peaceful immediately after the treatment and often the next day one feels amazing.

After Care of Burn Points

When the points begin to heal, try not to remove the scabs or scratch, as this might lead to longer-term or permanent scarring.  If they itch, you can apply some aloe vera which will also help the scabs dry out sooner.  I prefer to only use Dragon’s Blood which I apply to my points every couple of days until they are fully healed.  You can buy it at many health food stores and online here:  Sangre de Grado (Dragon’s Blood)

Try to keep the area dry, except for bathing/showering.  Keep abrasive clothing fabrics away from the area for about one week. The small burns will usually heal and fade with time, though it is important to understand that some types of skin will continue to show small dots months later.  Many people see their Kambo scars as a badge of honor for going through this warrior medicine.

Sananga and RapE

Sacred Medicines Sananga & Rapé will be offered during ceremony.


Sananga is a traditional Amazonian eye drop which has been used by indigenous people of Peru and Brazil for thousands of years. Sananga facilitates physical, spiritual and energetic wellness. It works against negative energy, depression and stress induced illnesses.   On a physical level, it has been used to treat glaucoma, cataracts, astigmatism, conjuctivits, dry and red eyes, photophobia, keratoconus, eye infection, sinusitis, chronic headaches and chronic pain. Sananga can provide visual enhancement, assist in opening the third-eye, balancing the chakras, expanding the aura, and keeping one balanced on an emotional, spiritual and mental level.



Rapé is a sacred traditional Amazonian snuff that connects us to the spirit of the forest. It is made from sacred tobacco leaf, seeds, spices, bark, leaves, oils, herbs, flowers, roots and trees of medicinal plants and prepared with prayers and healing intentions.  Rapé is blown into the nose using a pipe. During a Kambo treatment, Rapé can be used to help in the release of blockages and purging. It can also be used for headaches, sinus problems, to ground and center and intensify concentration.