Kambo is a physical, emotional and spiritual cleanse. Kambo is a sacred medicine derived from the Giant Monkey Frog scientifically known as the Phyllomedusa bicolor. Many tribes in the greater amazon area have been working with this frog for centuries. Due to the frogs very distinct song they are easily found and captured to harvest their medicine. The frogs are stressed to secrete their medicine though they are unharmed during the process. The tribes believe that the frogs are protectors of the forest and great teachers so if the frogs are harmed in their care it would bring bad luck.

The secretion and the frogs are often called Kambo, Acate, Sapo, Dow-kiet and Kampu. Kambo has a very complex peptide chain that contains 9 peptides that are known to work with the human body. It enters through the lymphatic system and begins to cleanse the body at a cellular level. Kambo has been found to be one of natures most powerful ways to boost the immune system and it is also a powerful antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. The tribes use Kambo as a medicine to optimize their hunting abilities. They say it gives the hunters an increase in speed, strength, endurance and focus. They usually receive it from the best hunter in the village. They also use it as a medicine for malaria, snake bites, parasites, infections and other illnesses. One similarity between many tribes is the use of kambo to help clear the cloud of bad luck and negativity which can cause laziness and lack of motivation which the indigenous call “Panema”.

The Science

A neuropeptide which strongly affects intestines, salivary glands and bowels helping to flush deep toxins.

Produces a long-lasting reduction in blood pressure. It helps widen the blood vessels, increasing permeability of the blood-brain barrier. (Increases the rate and flow of a layer of specialized cells around the brain that protects it)

A natural pain killer that reduces blood pressure, modifies fulfilment, helps with sedation and thermoregulation (regulation of body temperature). Stimulates the pituitary gland and the adrenal cortex conducive of heightened sensory perception and increased stamina.

A neuropeptide that stimulates gastric acid secretion and smooth muscle contraction.

A neuropeptide that produces a powerful opiate-like effects on certain Opioid receptors. It has been know to be up to 40 x more potent than morphine.

A neuropeptide that has anti-microbial properties which have been found to inhibit the growth of yeast Candida Albicans, Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli.

A heptapeptide that binds to the opioid receptors. Currently being researched for its ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumor cells.

Anti-microbial peptides that exhibit lethal effects against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and protozoa. There is growing research on the effectiveness of these peptides killing certain cancer cells. The effects that these peptides are having on the human brain are opening treatments for depression, stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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How To Prepare

  • Fast 6+ hours prior
  • Eat as clean as possible the days before
  • No meat and animal products 24hrs prior if possible
  • Take no drugs the day of ceremony ( Please notify us if you are on any medication )
  • Stay slightly above hydrated the day of ceremony
  • Journal your intentions in the days before ceremony


  • 1 gallon of spring water
  • Yoga mat
  • Towel / Blanket
  • Journal & Pen
  • Open mind and heart


No, the burns can be shocking at first but I've seen children handle it very well. The process can be uncomfortable depending on what toxins are being released. It's better out than in.

The journey with Kambo is about 20 minutes or so.

The burns usually heal in 6 months to a year depending on how well you heal and your skin complexion. Most people wear the scars as badges of honor.

Yes, after adequate rest time you can drive home. It's recommended to have some time for rest and integration after though many of my clients go to work the next morning.

Eating healthy, easily digestible foods, spending time in nature and journaling are very beneficial post Kambo.

No, I personally know the man I receive my medicine from. He and the others from the Matses tribe handle the frogs with extreme care and return the frogs back to the jungle safely after the medicine is extracted.