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What Is Kambo?

Meet The Frog

Kambo, also known as Sapo, is a secretion produced by Phyllomedusa Bicolor (two-colored guardian of the leaf, aka waxy-monkey tree frog). Our frog friends are found in abundance across the Amazon basin (listed in the "Least Concern" category of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's endangered species database). Frogs are not harmed. Considered an "ancestral medicine" to a number of indigenous groups in the Amazon, it seems that this frog has evolved to support human evolution in a beautiful and unique way.

 

Traditional Uses

Among hunters it was used to both sharpen senses and increase stamina...large doses could make a Matses hunter "invisible" to jungle animals...(excerpt from Sapo In My Soul by Peter Gorman)

Kambo has long been used by several Amazonian tribes, including the Katukina, Ashaninka, Yawinawa, and Matses (or Mayoruna), to increase strength and stamina, and disperse negative energy. Kambo is also often used by Amazonian hunters as it enhances sensory perception and is said to emit a green light that draws prey near. The mystical and energetic properties of Kambo are for you to explore, and Kambo also offers great physical benefits to the human body...

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The Science of Kambo

"Kambo contains a fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications unmatched by any other amphibian." (Vittorio Erspamer, Pharmacologist) 

Kambo is rich in bioactive peptides, and has been studied by western scientists since the 1980's. While many of the peptides in Kambo have been isolated and synthesized, the pharmaceutical world has yet to capture the benefit of the Kambo peptide cocktail in medication form. 

Kambo is administered by trained practitioners through small burns in the skin, triggering a variety of beneficial chemical reactions in the human body. Human cells open themselves to the beneficial properties of Kambo peptides, which go to work providing support to vital cellular processes (learning, memory, metabolism), effecting gastrointestinal muscles, gastric and pancreatic secretions, and stimulating blood circulation, the adrenal cortex, pituitary gland, reproductive system, and immune system. Some Kambo peptides possess analgesic powers and are found to inhibit tumor cell growth, while others contain antimicrobial, anti fungal and antiviral properties. Kambo peptides also have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and produce positive effects in the brain, as well as the nervous system. (Based on research of pharmacist Rosa Sanchis)

 

Learn How Peptides Help the Brain

 

Benefits of Kambo

While the benefits of Kambo are still being studied, the peptides found in Kambo are known to have many positive effects in the human body, and people have experienced Kambo's gifts of well-being for thousands of years. Kambo effects everyone differently (perhaps offering each one of us what we truly need in the moment). The potential gifts include:

  • Mental Clarity

  • Relief from PTSD, Anxiety & Depression

  • Release of Emotional Blockages

  • Emotional Resilience

  • Sensory Perception Enhancement

  • Recovery Maintainence

  • Immune System Enhancement

  • Digestive Wellness

  • Strengthened Ability to Detoxify the Body

  • Lowered Blood Pressure

  • Pain Relief

  • Reduced Inflammation

  • Improved Mobility

  • Increased Physical Strength

  • Increased Capacity to Confront Physical Pain & Stress

  • Decreased Fatigue & Restored Energy

  • Improved Sleep

  • Prevention of Cognitive Loss Diseases

  • Enhanced Defense Against Fungal Infections

  • Symptom Management for conditions including Lyme's disease, MS, arthritis, etc.

  • Enhanced Motivation to Release Unhealthy or Unwanted Habits

Recent research conducted at Queens University in Belfast found that Dermaseptins B2 and B3 (peptides found in Kambo) are effective in killing certain types of cancer cells.

Also see a 2018 research article published in Clinical Pharmacology.

Disclaimer: Kambo benefits are not guaranteed by your practitioner and results vary.  Kambo practitioners are not medical professionals and do not diagnose and treat illness.

 
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