The Kambo cleanse

“Kambô” is a common name of Phyllomedusa bicolor, an Amazonian tree frog, also known as the blue-and-yellow frog, bicolored tree-frog, giant monkey frog, giant leaf frog, or waxy-monkey tree frog. “Sapo” means “frog” in Portuguese and “toad” in Spanish).The frog is an anuran amphibian that inhabits the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America.

History of Kambo

There is a Kaxinawá legend that tells that the indians of the village were very ill and the Shaman Kampu had done everything that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none helped his people’s agony. Kampu then entered the forest and under the effect of Ayahuasca, received the visit of the great God. He brought in His hands a frog, from which He took a white secretion, and taught how to apply. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received the Shaman Kampu was able to cure his brothers Indians. After his death, the spirit of Kampu has started living in the frog and the Indians began to use its secretion to stay active and healthy.

Phyllomedusa bicolor

Kambo cleanse Ceremony

Kambo cleansing, also known as a Kambo circle or Kambo ceremony is a purge using skin secretions of the kambô, a species of frog. Kambo, which originated as a folk medicine practice among the Amazon indigenous peoples.

To collect the secretions from the frog’s body, first, the amphibian has to be caught. A healer will tie the frog to four sticks placed in the ground with his limbs completely stretched. The pulling causes the frog to become stressed enough to activate its defense mechanism and secrete a substance containing peptides from its skin.After obtaining secretions, the frog goes back into the wild. The secretions are then left to dry.Small dots are created on the skin by natives, and the healer applies a small dose of the frog secretions to the open wounds. In native practice, the secretions are removed from the wounds after 10 to 15 minutes, ending the acute symptoms.



While there are no clinical studies that definitively back up kambo cleansing , the properties of kambo peptides suggest it may be a promising treatment for the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Organ diseases
  • Cancer
  • Fertility problems
  • Deeply rooted toxins
  • Chronic pain
  • Fever and infections
  • Negative energies (traditionally known as “panema”)

Possible risks

  • Confussion
  • dehydration
  • muscle spasms and cramps
  • dehydration
  • severe and prolonged vomiting and diarrhea

Folk medicine practitioners usually perform cleanses safely. However, it is important to keep in mind that kambo is a poisonous substance, and people should beware of the potential side effects and even death.


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