Kambo is a traditional Amazonian medicine derived from frogs, and is markedly different from hallucinogens such as ayahuasca and San Pedro. It’s main use is for the treatment of chronic pain.
Kambo is a secretion from the bright green giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor—also known as the giant leaf frog) that lives in the north-west area of the Amazon rain forest. Indigenous tribes have used it as a prophylactic against malaria, and also to boost strength and stamina. The frogs aren’t injured from the collection of their secretions, which are obtained via scraping onto wooden “Kambo sticks”.
Kambo has been studied for its pharmacological potential and found to contain several peptides that trigger extreme reactions in human beings. These include the potent opioids Dermorphin and Deltorphin —each many times stronger than morphine.
In addition to powerful analgesic effects, this medicine has anti-inflammatory power; it can heal infections and regulate blood pressure. Other potential uses include treatment of depression, migraine, blood circulation problems, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, cancer, and fertility problems in women, hepatitis, even AIDS.
This is a powerful medicine and should never be administered by anyone other than a highly skilled practitioner. On the day of treatment, patients are advised to have only a light juice breakfast and drink lots of water. The medicine is administered through small holes burned in the first two or three layers of the skin (typically be a series of small circles burned into the upper arm). The dried serum is mixed with water and a small amount is rubbed into each burn.
Immediate effects include a stinging sensation and quickening of the carotid pulse. Patients may feel a flushing fever sensation in the arms and face, followed by weakness. Users should expect to vomit and experience stomach cramps. These effects subside within about 45 minutes, after which the patient should rest for the remainder of the day and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
In the week after administration of Kambo, people should be able to reduce or even eliminate medications such as pain killers, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants used for chronic conditions, and no longer rely on narcotics. Side effects may include a few sweaty, restless nights. In sum, Kambo requires patients to endure about 45 minutes of discomfort in exchange for an extended period of painlessness during which the body can readjust with potentially permanent positive effects (i.e., end of chronic back pain, drug addiction). People with existing heart or cardio-vascular disease should consult with their physician before using Kambo.