While practitioners claim it’s safe, a study supported by the National Institute of Health isn’t as enthusiastic. The issue is that kambo has some really potent chemicals that can interfere with your central nervous system and your cardiovascular system. One report also says your kidneys, pancreas, and liver could also be damaged by the toxins.
Next, the person conducting the ritual uses a burning stick to create a number of small burns on the skin of the person attempting kambo, usually in the shoulder area. This creates blisters that are then peeled off, and the minor wounds are smeared with kambo, also known as sapo, the poisonous secretion of the giant monkey frog. Then, the shaman adds Kambo—toxins extracted from a giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)—to the burn and leaves it on for about 15 minutes. The small burns makes it easier for your body to absorb the toxins.
I first experienced Kambo after sitting a series of Yage (Ayahuasca) ceremonies in 2020.
However, as these particular ceremonies I was attending were with a group of many other facilitators and healers, I felt called to learn while the opportunity presented itself to me. The Kambo Clinic offers Kambo treatments with a focused purpose. Join one of our bespoke ceremonies of 6 people or contact us to arrange a 121 session at our clinic or in your own home. Overall, Kambo has developed a serious and devoted following in recent years. While the medicinal ceremony is a hard experience, devotees state it’s worth the effort – and intend coming back for more.
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Read more about Kambo Training here. It’s always advised to take kambo with an experienced practitioner to support a positive experience. By treating this sacred frog secretion with respect, many people experience a powerful cleansing of negative energies, decrease their physical pain, and treat a wide variety of physical and psychospiritual ailments.
Kambo got down deep into the areas of my body where toxins had become stuck, and released them. The final day of the retreat Kambo medicine was offered, and I accepted it was my time and place to learn, as I felt comfortable with the practitioner who would be administering the medicine.