So..What is Kambo?
Kambo- Also know as “The green tree frog” is an ancient medicine that comes from the venom inside the frog’s pores.. It has been used by many indigenous cultures in the Amazon as a purgative, and immunity-boosting medicine. It is known in South America as the “vaccine of the forest,” and has also gained renown popularity outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for :
- Negative energies (traditionally known as “panema”)
- Aligning the Chakra system
- Removing deeply rooted toxins
- Organ diseases
- Chronic pain
- Circulation problems
Kambo is powerful medicine and shouldn’t be used unless you are under the care of an experienced practitioner. A practitioner/shaman can help guide you to gain the maximum benefits from kambo by helping you to set an intention before the ceremony. Having the proper set and setting during the ceremony is very important and also being able integrate the experience into your every day life afterward.
How Kambo is applied: In the Amazon, kambo is traditionally collected early in the morning, when the tree frog from which the venom is extracted—is singing in the trees and can easily be found. Without harming it, the shaman scrapes venom from the frog’s skin with a stick. The venom is then delivered to the person through small holes that are burned into the top few layers of their skin, usually on the arm. Because of its purging and cleansing properties, kambo is often used before an Ayahuasca ceremony, which is also used by many of the same tribes.
For me the kambo ceremony was a pretty intense experience. In addition to burning holes on the top layers of the skin( which hurt like a bitch), it caused a strong reaction right away I felt an intense heat going through my whole body. Also my whole face swelled up making me literally feel like a frog for a bit. This also came with some vomiting, and a strong emotional reaction which lasted for about an hour. After about th 2 hour’s it left me feeling super relaxed and with an overall sense of well-being. My body and mind felt rested and renewed . While the experience is not for everyone, Kambo’s cleansing effects begin within minutes of its application, and from what I’ve heard from other’s experiences is that it leaves most people feeling revitalized in the days and weeks after treatment. (For me it has only been 24 hours since but I will take note on how I feel throughout the next few days/Weeks).
Overall I found it to be a positive experience despite how shitty I felt during the process.
Some research conducted since the 1980s has shown the chemical makeup of kambo to contain chains of amino acids, known as peptides, that affect gastrointestinal muscles and blood circulation as well as stimulate the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland in the brain. While there are no clinical studies that definitely back up kambo’s effectiveness, the properties of kambo peptides make it a promising treatment for the conditions I listed above.
Here is some cool info for those who are curious to see more aspects of Kambo .
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