Kambo: The Amazonian Frog Medicine With The Power To Change Your Life
If someone told you that Prince Charming would appear if you kissed a frog, you’d probably call it a fairy tale.
But what if someone told you that there’s a frog in the upper Amazon rainforest with superpowers? And that you can merge its energy with yours to detox your body, mind, and spirit and make you more resilient against all kinds of challenges?
It sounds mystical, but that’s what someone said to me when I was feeling really stuck. I gave it a try, and it completely transformed my life and health.
WHAT IS KAMBO?
Phyllomedusa bicolor, the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog, has no natural predators; even snakes spit it out. That’s due to the venom it secretes, a powerful cocktail of peptides known as Kambo.
If you don’t believe in magic or spirit, maybe you believe in science. Kambo is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anesthetic substances found in the world. It’s one of the most powerful ways to fortify the immune system.
Traditionally Kambo has been used by Amazonian tribes to increase energy, endurance, alertness, and focus, and to remove panema (dark or negative energy). It is used to treat fevers, infections, snake bites, fertility problems, and to reduce pain. In fact, the pain-killing properties of Kambo are said to be 30-40 times stronger than those of morphine, without the drowsiness.
In the last decades the West has been waking up to the powers of sacred plant and animal medicines. Kambo has found it’s way out of the forest and has been the subject of more than two decades of medical research.
Researchers believe that Kambo will open up an array of treatments for autoimmune diseases from Lyme to Crohn’s, help treat addiction and depression, and possibly be effective in treating Parkinson’s, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, blood pressure and thyroid issues, hepatitis, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, and cancer.
KISS THE FROG: HOW TREATMENTS WORK
Tribes collect the venom secreted by frogs by carefully scraping it off the frog’s skin and collecting it on sticks. To receive the venom, small sections of the recipient’s skin are lightly blistered by a hot stick, usually a thin tamishi vine, and peeled off to reveal the epidermis underneath. The burn affects the very top layer of skin, and there is no blood.
The Kambo is then applied directly to the burn points, sending the medicine directly to the lymphatic system. It’s uncomfortable but endurable, and once Kambo enters the lymphatic system it works very fast, racing through the body to scan for problems and blockages. It’s a very intelligent medicine that goes where it’s needed.
The immediate effects and often unpleasant sensations vary from person to person but most experience an increased heart rate, hot flashes, tingling, sweating and dizziness or some pain followed by nausea.
The next step is purging, usually through vomiting or diarrhea. What comes out are toxins, parasites, heavy metals, and emotional blocks—along with the half gallon of water consumed before the ceremony on an empty stomach. (For a full pre-Kambo prep list, click here [LINK: http://www.wayofthekambo.com/the-ceremony.html].) Purging usually lasts from 10 to 40 minutes, a short ordeal for long lasting health benefits and a full body cleanse that awakens the healing powers of your own body.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Before you jump in, be mindful and do your research. Kambo is not for everyone. There are people with certain heart and health conditions and on certain medications who are contra-indicated. Find a full list of contraindications here.
If you don’t find yourself on that list and muster the courage to receive the vacina da floresta, congratulations, you might find your life transformed by a frog.
About the author: Natascha Berg is a journalist and certified member of the IAKP, the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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