Kambo Life NY
What is Kambo?
Kambo is the poisonous 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. 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. Kambo has also traditionally been used by indigenous people as medicine to treat snake bites, malaria, yellow fever, and other epidemic diseases.
How is Kambo Administered?
Superficial burns are made by the tip of a small glowing vine, on the top layer of skin. Kambo is then applied onto the burns or “gates” and thus absorbed into the body subcutaneously, moving through the lymphatic system.
What to Expect During Your Kambo Experience
Kambo is known as an "ordeal" medicine. It is intense and fast, the unpleasant effects being strong and immediate, but over in about 30 minutes. During this process one experiences a purgative effect and can expect to feel nauseous, vomit, and perhaps need to use the toilet. Purging is thought to eliminate physical, emotional, and energetic toxins. Once Kambo is applied to the skin most people experience warmth of the upper body and face, along with an increased heart rate. Some will have swelling of the face, ears, and slight swelling of the throat. Blood pressure will rise and then fall, at which point one will experience nausea and purge. It is helpful to relax into these sensations, focus on one's breath and let the medicine do its work. Most people feel back to normal after an hour or so. Following a treatment many people report feeling an increase in their vital energy and an overall sense of wellness.
How is Kambo Harvested?
According to the indigenous people of the Amazon, Kambo is a Spirit of the forest and is to be treated with respect.
Harming the frog could offend the animal and result in severe misfortune. The frog is not injured during the collection of its secretion, and is released afterwards unharmed. Then the secretion is dried onto wooden sticks. Just before application, water is mixed with the dried secretion and formed into small dots which are placed onto the burn points, as described above.
Scientific research on the secretion of Phyllomedusa bicolor started in the 1980’s. Nobel Prize nominee, scientist Vittorio Erspamer of the University of Rome wrote that the secretion contains a "fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications, unequaled by any other amphibian." Kambo contains a unique and complex mix of bioactive peptides which trigger chemical reactions in the human body. Some of these peptides have been found to contribute to heightened sensory perception, increased stamina, increased physical strength, and in general, enhance the capacity to manage pain and stressful situations. The properties of the peptides found in Kambo 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, fertility problems, AIDS, hepatitis, and cancer.
Other medicinal properties of this secretion are its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral effects and ability to heal infections. Due to the presence of certain peptides, Kambo is one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world, and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower our immune system. Kambo treatments have short and long term effects. Short term, some of the effects are a heightened state of alertness, good mood, enhanced resistance to tiredness, hunger and thirst, the capacity to easily concentrate and focus, and a still mind which can last for several days or weeks. Long term, Kambo empowers the immune system, overcomes fatigue, and improves one’s state of health. If you would like to research the peptide families found in Kambo, they are as follows:
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 our healing process. Kambo can enable us to end unhealthy habits and thought patterns and allow us to become more open to receive guidance from Spirit.
I am an IAKP trained and certified Kambo Practitioner who has had the great privilege of studying with Master Practitioner Karen Kanya Darke of the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. I am honored to be a carrier of this sacred medicine. Additionally, I am a certified yoga instructor and craniosacral practitioner.
Contraindications for Kambo:
As a general rule, Kambo is not for you if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions:
Heart bypass surgery
Implanted cardioverter defibrillators
Congestive heart disease
Excess fluid in the heart sack
Heart valve replacement surgery
Serious mental health conditions
Seriously low blood pressure that requires medication
Are currently pregnant or breastfeeding a child under the age of 1 year
*This is not an exhaustive list so you must inform your practitioner of any health issues, medications, or supplements that you are taking. Fasting must be avoided for 7 days before or after a Kambo treatment and any water-based detox should be avoided for 3 days before or after.
Sananga and Rapé
Sacred Medicines Sananga & Rapé will be offered during ceremony. Sananga is a traditional Amazonian eye medicine which has been used by indigenous people of Peru and Brazil for thousands of years. Sananga facilitates physical, spiritual, and energetic healing. It works against negative energy, depression, and stress-induced illnesses. On a physical level, it has been used to treat glaucoma, cataracts, astigmatism, conjunctivitis, 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, and roots, of medicinal plants, and is 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 and to ground and center and intensify concentration.