“Kambo”, also called “Sapo”, is the skin secretion of the giant waxy monkey tree frog (phyllomedusa bicolor) found in the lower basin of the Amazon. For thousands of years tribes have worked with it to cleanse and invigorate mind, body, and spirit. Kambo originally is estimated to have been used by as many as 53 tribes, and in present day is now also administered around the world by practitioners for various purposes.
In the Amazon Kambo is used to dispel ‘Panema’, bad luck, to increase “hunting magic”, and for attracting a partner.
For the modern person Kambo may help support the clearing of dispirited energies that come from misalignments in thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Kambo may help bring back a vitality and clarity that people were not even aware they were without. This can often be liberating, allowing one to be more in their power and acceptance of life.
In the Amazon Kambo is also used by tribes as a remedy for snake bites, malaria, fevers, infections, fertility problems, and many epidemic illnesses.
In the modern world two decades of scientific research has produced several studies on the bio-active peptides in Kambo, showing the effects they have on numerous illnesses like Cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue, Autoimmune, Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, and Depression.
The Kambo Ceremony/ Process
Set and Setting:
We work in small group circles of 1-6 people, and private home sessions are also offered. Groups circles are often three consecutive days of Kambo, often called the “Inoculation”. The three day Inoculation is a highly effective way to experience Kambo as each day builds on the next such that the participant can go deeper and deeper each session.
Kambo is customarily done in a ceremonial space created by the practitioners through intention and gratitude. We create the sacred space by singing medicine songs and burning palo santo or sage. Sananga and Rape’ (ra-peh) are offered prior to applying Kambo. Icaros (healing songs) are sung by the practitioners to help participants through their process with Kambo.
Applying the Kambo “Points”:
Kambo application begins as the practitioner makes tiny superficial burns (1/8″ across) to the epidermis. These superficial burns create the “gates”, or entry spots for the Kambo to absorb into the body. No bleeding occurs as this only exposes the dermis, giving access to the lymphatic system.
Traditionally the gates are placed on the upper left arm for men and lower right ankle for women. Western practitioners such as ourselves have expanded gate placement to other parts of the body such as chakra points and meridian points.
Once the gates are ready, the practitioner then adds water or saliva (it is the clients choice) to Kambo dried on a flat stick and rolls it into jellylike small round points with a knife. While this is happening the participant drinks water to aid in purging during the session. When the Kambo points are ready, they are applied to the gates. For initial sessions 3-9 points are typically applied. For the very first time serving someone the practitioner will apply a Test Point. This is a single point of Kambo to the open gate to ensure there are no adverse reactions. After a few minutes when all is well, the practitioner will apply the remaining points.
After the Kambo treatment the practitioners clean the gates and applies Dragon’s Blood, i.e. “Sangre De Drago”- a tree resin extremely effective in protecting wounds and reducing healing time. It is also effective at preventing scars.
The process will leave small wounds on the skin which will scab over and leave small scars which fade in 4-6 months. Traditionally, indigenous people do not hide their Kambo marks. In fact they are displayed proudly.
Simply put, there will be a wound, followed by a light scar, but only for a short period of time: 4-6 months.
The Effects and the Process:
Kambo begins to work within about 5 minutes (sometimes less). It starts with an initial warmth, flush, and increased heart rate. Then Kambo begins to work more intensely. This next level intensity is felt in many different ways through the body. Often times it can be quite challenging and uncomfortable as the Kambo moves through weaknesses and energy blockages in a variety of ways.
While the process can be uncomfortable and intense, significant clarity and insight may be gained in regards to these energetic blockages.
As one works with Kambo, they often find that surrendering to the process allows them to release significant energetic, emotional, and mental blockages. Sometimes, as one learns to surrender to the process and to Kambo, the once uncomfortable process can become surprisingly pleasant.
As Kambo moves through the body, a desire to purge comes on with increasing intensity. Purging is a very important part of the process. The purge is made significantly easier by drinking water. The purge often releases bile and mucous as the body expels toxins. The purging can bring on intense feelings of relief physically, emotionally, and energetically.
The effects of Kambo begin to subside about 20-40 minutes into the session. The Kambo points are then removed and the gates are attended to for healing. The person then usually lies down to rest for about 20 minutes.
Often light processing continues at this time, yet overall the feeling is one of deep relaxation or revitalized energy. After this 20 minute rest, electrolytes are immediately replenished, a healthy meal is often eaten, and low activity for the day is recommended.
– Recent users of diuretics
– Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers with babies under 1 year
– Stroke, aneurysm, brain hemorrhage, blood clots
– Serious heart conditions, including surgeries or an enlarged heart
– Extremely low blood pressure that is controlled by medication
– Serious wounds externally or internally not yet healed
– Cognitive disorders preventing the understanding of Kambo
– Immunosuppressant medications
– Chemotherapy or radiation treatments for less than 4 weeks prior or 6 months following
– Serious mental health conditions, whether or not on medication or undergoing other treatments, except depression
– Heroin or methadone addiction
– Anyone under the age of 18
– Severe eating disorders
– Menstrual flow, will increase for 24-36 hours
– No Alcohol or drugs within 24 hours of Kambo
– Certain Herbal or nootropic (smart drug) supplements within 48 hours
– Asthma, must have an inhaler present
– Diabetes, fasting exceptions if required
– Major acute or chronic illness
– Colonics, enemas, liver flushes, or any water based detox 3 days before and after.
Next Small Group Inoculation dates:
Coming Soon for 2022!
Ceremonies start at 10AM with arrival, and end around 2PM, including snacks and integration.
Group Inoculations ~ $500 (3 sessions)
Private Inoculation ~ $700
Single Session ~ $250
This content regarding Kambo is provided for informational purposes only and is in no way medical advice. Use of Kambo is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kambo should always be administered by a trained practitioner. Improper application or misunderstanding of contraindications for Kambo may pose unnecessary health risks.
Krista Louise is enamored with the human-body experience and has devoted her life to the subtle, delicate, and profound journey of embodiment. She is a fascia-fanatic, nature lover, yoga teacher trainer, dancer, and bodyworker. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500), and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She studied Thai Massage at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Krista believes in the power of Energy Medicine, she is a Level 2 Holographic Sound Practitioner and Master Practitioner and Trainer of Kambo.
Her greatest joys are empowered-embodiment, creative expression, and communal gathering. She believes Kambo is an excellent teacher for cultivating greater embodiment and surrender. Krista has a deep reverence for Kambo’s powerful, loving nature, and the resiliency of the human spirit she’s witnessed through the Frog Medicine.
She started working with Kambo in early 2019 and saw great benefit in her personal healing. She completed Levels 1 & 2 of Heal Your Tribe training in the summer of 2020. It is an honor for Krista to hold space for the challenging and deeply rewarding experiences Kambo provides. She offers a deep bow to the brilliance and wisdom of the Heal Your Tribe Team and is humbled by all those who are committed to their healing journey.
Her approach to embodiment humorously integrates ancient and modern wisdom, which both captivates the mind and nurtures the spirit. Her offerings emphasize self-adoration and exploration, creativity, rhythmic living, and curiosity. She believes the human experience is meant to be expressive, wild, playful, and steeped in reverence.