Receive the Gift of Kambo

A traditional Shamanic Detox

About Kambo

Kambo is the name given to the waxy secretion of a tree frog that is used by the indigenous tribes to heal and strengthen the body, mind, and spirit. The scientific name for this frog is Phyllomedusa bicolor or “Two-Colored Leaf Guardian.”  It is also known as the “Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog.” This frog lives in the northwestern part of the Amazon Rainforest where the natives use it to gain strength, immunity, cure illnesses, aid in “hunting magic” and also to get rid of "panema” (bad luck).  Kambo is legal in the United States, as well as all other countries, and is not a hallucinogenic.  It is, however, a deep cleansing therapy – – physically, emotionally and mentally.  It is one of the world’s most effective and natural antibiotics and immune system boosters.  It detoxifies the liver and intestines, improves mental functioning, and has the potential to dissolve emotional blocks.  It also helps to reset our cellular memory.

Tribe hunters use Kambo to enhance their perception and sharpness, intention, and endurance. The tribes also use it to ward off the enemy, to rid one of laziness, lack of desire, sadness, mental, spiritual and physical weakness, low self-esteem and disharmony with nature. In the Amazon Rainforest, this secretion is known to bring happiness to those who take it, to bring luck, and to unblock and circulate the heart chakra among many other benefits.

Carlos Guzman, IAKP Kambo practitioner

Carlos Guzman, IAKP Kambo practitioner

Benefits of Kambo


Scientific studies show that Phyllomedusa bicolor secretion is made up of many peptides that are beneficial to the human body. Some of these peptides traverse the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the endocrine glands of the brain, resulting in an immune effect and a deep cleansing of the body.  Kambo has antibiotic properties and strengthens the immune system, while physically destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Kambo is traditionally known to be anti-inflammatory, to relieve joint pain, to heal eyesight, and to ease the pain. Kambo peptides, and their effects, are reported to cover a wide range of potential benefits: may help with brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, depression, migraines, blood circulation problems, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, skin and eyes issues, cancer, fertility problems in women, AIDS, candida, hepatitis, herpes, and more.   Kambo enters the lymphatic system, waking up the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The short-term effects of receiving Kambo can be enhanced resistance to tiredness, hunger, and thirst, an enhanced state of alertness, capacity to focus and still the mind. These effects can last for days or weeks. Long-term, Kambo will strengthen and empower the immune system, help overcome fatigue and increase overall well-being. People that regularly take Kambo very rarely get sick and have a lot of energy.

After people do Kambo, they often see massive energetic shifts in their lives, from dramatic improvements to their physical health, to a reduction in depression and addictions, to relief from chronic pain and major illnesses.

Kambo DNA Phyllomedusa bicolor

Kambo DNA Phyllomedusa bicolor

Kambo Peptides

Kambo contains a number of active compounds (which are all peptides):


  • Dermorphin — a potent mu-opioid receptor agonist.
  • Deltorphin — a very potent delta-opioid receptor agonist.
  • Phyllomedusin — a tachykinin that affects the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines, and bowels; it contracts the smooth muscles and contributes to a violent purge.
  • Phyllokinin (and phyllomedusin) — potent blood vessel dilators that also increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.
  •  Phyllocaerulein — which stimulates the adrenal cortex and the pituitary gland, causes a fall in blood pressure, causes tachycardia, and has a potent action on the gastrointestinal smooth muscle, and stimulates gastric, biliary and pancreatic secretions.
  • Sauvagine — which stimulates the adrenal cortex, causes a long-lasting fall in blood pressure and causes intense tachycardia.
  • Adenoregulin — acts on the adenosine receptors.
  • Dermaseptin — a potent antimicrobial for both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and antiviral for herpes simplex virus.

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Scientific research has identified the peptides dermorphin and deltorphin in kambo as potent opioid peptides. Opioids are painkillers and opioid peptides bind to receptors on human cells which trigger a pain masking response. Dermorphin is amazingly 30-40 times stronger than morphine. 


The Kambo I use is harvested by the Matses tribe.  The Matses live along the Javari River in the Upper Amazon, along with the border of Brazil and Peru, where the frogs are plentiful.  It is carefully and ethically harvested; the frogs are not harmed during the process. The frogs are located in 20-30 ft. trees near the Igarapés (rainforest waterways) where they gather to sing and announce the rain. They are generally harvested at dawn by the Matses who locate them by singing and imitating their songs. The frogs are very passive and do not react when picked up. They are carefully tied by each leg with Palia (straw) strips into an “X” shape. Sometimes a shaman will massage the toes to encourage the secretion which is then carefully scraped off and left to dry on small sticks.  The frogs are “milked” at appropriately-spaced intervals, so they never need to be poked or “smoked” in order to stimulate secretion. They are then released and return to their habitat unharmed. They are always treated with the utmost care and respect, as the Matses believe that to harm the frog will anger the animal spirits that they reside along within the jungle.  They have a deep respect and love for them, knowing they are our teachers and healers.  Kambo collected in this way is considered 100% ethically harvested.  The funds they raise are shared among the 14 communities (approximately 3,200 Matses) residing in their extensive homeland.  This Kambo is clean, always fresh, and only the first secretions, which are stronger, are utilized.  The frogs are also then left with sufficient secretion to defend themselves from predators.  Every stick is properly wrapped and stored.  You can always be sure that I only use the very best, ethically harvested, Kambo secretion.

Carlos extracting the secretion from the phyllomedusa bicolor in Peru

Carlos extracting the secretion from the phyllomedusa bicolor in Peru


The indigenous tribes say the main reason to receive Kambo is to remove ‘Panema’ which is the thick cloud of haziness that sits on top of the energy field of a person. ‘Panema’ can also be translated as bad luck, laziness, depression, or confusion.  It is the state of being that attracts discomfort and disease. Kambo is said to remove ‘Panema’ and bring the person back to his/her natural state of perfect harmony and highest physical, emotional and spiritual potential, reconnecting one to self.  According to the tribes, when nothing is going right in your life, it is the right moment to take Kambo.

As well as this energetic clearing effect, Kambo has potent physical benefits also. Kambo is used as a traditional shamanic cleanse to gain strength, maintain or regain health, and to provide immunity. The tribes, oftentimes, apply it before hunting, in order to increase strength, improve vision and lend the hunters a ‘magical’ ability to locate prey. It is also used to cleanse the body of just about any illness, such as headaches, allergies, thyroid problems, arthritis, infections, addiction to pharmaceuticals, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, and so on. The tribes also use it for rainforest specific issues,  

In the Brazilian Caboclo tradition, the  recommendation is to receive 3 applications
of Kambo within one moon cycle (28 days) in order to achieve the full potential and for longer beneficial effects.

Kambo Points. Traditionally, Kambo points or secretion

Kambo Points. Traditionally, Kambo points or secretion 


The story about Kambo probably goes back a thousand years in the Kaxinawa tribe in Brazil. It has been told in many ways. According to the legend, there was a shaman named Kampu and he had an entire village to his care. One day people in the village started to fall ill and soon the entire village fell ill. Frustrated for not being able to help his tribe, Kampu went on an Ayahuasca solo journey in the middle of the jungle. Through his visions, he came upon how he was to call the frog, how he was going to extract the secretion from the frog and how he was going to apply it to his people. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received Kampu was able to cure his people. It is believed after Kampu’s death, that his spirit went to live in the frog. So, Kambo is also known as the spirit of the shaman; ready to serve those seeking the healing power of Kambo also teaching us that we have the power to heal our selves when our bodies are in balance.

Kambo as a Heart Opener

“Kambo circulates in the heart. Our shaman said that when we take Kambo it makes the heart move accurately, so that things flow, bringing good things to the person. It is as if there was a cloud on the person, preventing the good things to come, then, when it takes the Kambo; it comes a ‘green light’ which opens its ways, making things easier”  Kaxinawa, Kambo Shaman

Kambo, the spirit of the shaman holding the frog

Kambo, the spirit of the shaman holding the frog



On a spiritual level, Kambo helps to integrate our mind with our heart and re-align our chakras.  It is also believed that it assists us in raising our prayers to “The Great Spirit” and is a multi-dimensional healer.

In the shamanic worldview, we gain assistance from plant and animal spirit allies. In the case of Kambo, we are allying with the Spirit of a Frog that has a very strong immunity to predators. Some believe the Spirit of Phyllomedusa bicolor lends us a similar power of being nearly impervious to predatory energy – physically, mentally and energetically. As the DNA signature of the frog is introduced into our body, its Spirit gifts us with the power to cast off parasitic energies that prey on body, mind, and spirit. Once free of these energies, it is common to see natural health returned. Synchronicities and good luck are also a common effect after Kambo. Many people report having synchronistic visitations by frogs in the days just before or after receiving Kambo.

Kambo works with your intention and what is most needed at the moment. Upon receiving it, Kambo scans your body and goes where it’s most needed. Working with the Frog Spirit is a very personal relationship and will vary every time, depending upon your intention and what the spirit is calling for.

Kambo Warrior Shaman, Peru

Kambo Warrior Shaman, Peru

Kambo and Plant Medicines

Kambo and Ayahuasca

Kambo and Ayahuasca

Kambo and Ayahuasca

Kambo frog

Kambo is an excellent way to prepare the mind and body for the effects of ayahuasca. It is said the purging process experienced during Kambo can help cleanse the body, so Ayahuasca can be absorbed more effectively. It also helps clear the energy and prepares the mind for the psychological effects of ayahuasca. The connection between Kambo and Ayahuasca is special – being that the spirit of ayahuasca is what, according to legend, brought about the knowledge of Kambo use and its incredible benefits. Here are four ways Kambo can enhance the effectiveness of the Ayahuasca experience. Receiving Kambo after an Ayahuasca experience helps clear emotional blockages residual from the ceremony, restores the body and clears the mind. People claim to experience more energy, and a balanced mental and emotional state after receiving and fully recovered from Kambo. 

Pre-Kambo ceremonies are held on Thursday evenings before the weekend ceremony starts.  Any questions or to schedule your pre-Kambo session, contact me.  

Rapé and Mapacho

Kambo and Ayahuasca

Kambo and Ayahuasca


Rapé or Rapeh, pronounced "ha-pay", is shamanic snuff used by indigenous tribes of the Amazon for thousands of years to heighten awareness to the tribe people, enhancing their senses and to help cleanse the body and the soul.  Its main ingredient is mapacho "nicotina rustica" tobacco, which is stronger than common tobacco found in cigarettes but without the 7,000 harmful chemicals added to cigarettes. Indigenous people mix the tobacco with other blends of seeds, leaves and/or ashes from sacred trees of their region. It is a very long process to turn the blend into a fine powder and the process of how to make it is kept secret by those who make it. A great characteristic of the use of rapé is its grounding effects and the clarity of the mind. It is considered sacred medicine for many indigenous people.

Rapé has unique antibacterial properties helping the body to get rid of toxins and congestion. It is known to act as an anti depressant  and stimulant , increasing the blood flow to the brain, helping to clear the mind, ease negativity and psychological distress.

Rapé is commonly used in a ritualistic setting paying gratitude to the  men and woman who made the medicine, honoring their ancestors for maintaining the tradition over centuries and asking the spirit for guidance, protection and blessings.  The use of rapé  is intentional, practiced with respect  and authenticity. 

Rapé is used in Kambo to help ground the person and facility the purge. Mapacho smoke is also used during a Kambo ceremony to cleanse the space and the  Kambo gates.


Kambo and Ayahuasca


Man receiving sananga

Sananga is a powerful plant medicine known for healing physical alignments, clearing the mind, and cleansing negative energies ( Panema). Sananga is the juice extracted from the roots and bark of the Tabernaemontana undulata shrub from the Amazonian region.  This medicine is considered to be an all-purpose remedy for indigenous tribes. A powerful medicine used to sharpen night vision and even help improve a broad range of ocular problems.  Tribe hunters use sananga for nighttime hunting.  As with Kambo, sananga is used by the hunters to enhance their perception and sharpness, intention, sense of smell, and endurance. Receiving sananga before your Kambo session can help preparing the body and the mind to receive Kambo. One drop per eye is enough. Most people report a strong burning and intense  pain sensation. Yet, these effects reside after a few minutes, and can be alleviated by focusing on your breathing and by visualizing how the pain removes your blocked energies and brings deep healing. 


Burning of the Gates


The waxy secretion is applied to the skin after small superficial burns are made with a red-hot ember incense stick.  Only the top layer of the skin is gently burned. Traditionally, the points for both men and women are placed on their upper left arm, which is closest to the heart as Kambo circulates around the heart. For people susceptible to pain, the points are placed on the lower right leg which is farthest away from the heart. There are no right or wrong places for the point placements, so it is a good idea to think about where you would like them ahead of time.  Please keep in mind that the area chosen must not be disturbed during the session, as the secretion must remain where it is placed to be effective.  The number of points used depends on the number of times that the person has already received Kambo, the reason for the application, physical condition, and overall assessment by the practitioner based on her/his knowledge.  I suggest three (3) points minimum, nine (9) point max for the first time receiving Kambo. 

Carlos Applying Kambo to a participant

Carlos Applying Kambo to a participant



A typical Kambo group ceremony lasts 3-4 hours (private sessions last about 2 hours). The time spent at the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as a couple of hours. Kambo is a very physical experience which involves a feeling of heat in the body usually followed by vomiting and sometimes evacuating from the intestines as the body purges toxins from the various organs.

 Once the Kambo is applied to the skin, it enters the body via the lymphatic system.  A feeling of warmth immediately follows. The face, skin, and core of the body will feel heat within. The heart will beat slightly faster. Blood pressure will fall slightly. Relax into the experience. It is helpful to work with the breath: Inhale with love and trust, exhale and surrender. It is a common experience that the throat will gently swell. This is normal. It will not swell shut. The face may also swell.  Simply relax into the sensations and allow the ally of the Kambo Spirit to purify and fortify you. 

After a few minutes or more, you may feel like you have to purge. You will have a bucket handy and you will purge into the bucket. You may also need to go to the bathroom. You will be assisted to do so. After your purge, the Kambo points will be removed from your body and the major part of your cleanse is over.

The mind is often made quite clear and focused and some say they receive specific messages. Kambo works mostly to purge the body of toxins, heaviness, and dullness of body and spirit. The benefits that many reports usually come in the days and weeks that follow. Many people report feeling very peaceful immediately after receiving Kambo and often the next day one feels amazing.


Kambo has no known detrimental side effects, so when it is responsibly administered, it is completely safe.  There are some people who should not take it; generally, it is not for you if you have, or have had in the past, any of the following conditions (This is not an exhaustive list):

· Heart bypass surgery.

· Enlarged heart.

· Implanted cardioverter defibrillators.

· Congestive heart disease.

· Excess fluid in the heart sack.

· Heart valve replacement surgery.

· Organ transplant.Active ulcers.

· Addison’s Disease.

· Crohn’s Disease/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

· Brain hemorrhage.

· Blood clots.

· Serious mental health conditions, excluding depression, PTSD and anxiety.

· Lack the mental capacity to decide to take Kambo.

· Seriously low blood pressure that requires medication.

· Anyone recovering from a major surgical procedure.

· Pregnant or breastfeeding women with babies under 1-year old.

· Within 21 days of giving birth.

· Under 18 years of age.

· Chemotherapy or radiation treatments of less than 6 weeks prior or 6 weeks afterward.

* If you are asthmatic, be sure to bring your inhaler with you.

*Diabetics need to bring insulin, testing strips, and food.


· People taking dieting or sleeping supplements.

· Active drug or alcohol addiction.

· Do not do water- fast for 7 days before or after taking Kambo.

· Colonics, enemas, liver flushes, or any water-based detox should be avoided within 3 days before and after taking Kambo.

 THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE WATER ONLY FASTING YOU WILL DO 10-12-HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION (you can have water, but not excessively, during this time).

 You will be instructed to drink 2-liters of water about 15 minutes in my presence before I place the Kambo on.  It is STRONGLY ADVISED that you do not drink more than 5 liters of water during your session, including 2 hours before and after.

Do not consume alcohol or other recreational substances 24-48 hours before or after your Kambo session.


The Days Before (2-3 prior): Eat as wholesome as possible in the days leading up to your Kambo ceremony. Diminish or eliminate fried, heavy, over-processed and spicy food, alcohol, and other recreational drugs.

 Drink plenty of water so that your tissues are hydrated. Adding electrolytes (non-sugar) and liquid minerals to your water will help prepare your body.  

NO COLONICS, ENEMAS, LIVER FLUSHES, OR WATER FASTING* WITHIN 3 DAYS (BEFORE AND AFTER) OF TAKING KAMBO. No hot tubs or saunas 1 day before. They disrupt your electrolyte balance, which can pose a severe risk to your health.

*With the exception of the 10-12 hours you will fast, drinking only water, before your Kambo session.

Do not eat anything for 10-12 hours before the ceremony.

Day of Ceremony: The day of the ceremony you will fast from food. You should not have eaten for 10-12 hours prior. If you have low blood sugar, have a cup of non-caffeinated herbal infusion with honey. Bring a snack for after your session. You are permitted to drink water during the 12-hour fast but not excessively. Drink only what's necessary. You will be drinking two liters of room temperature water within 15-minutes the Kambo is administered to you. 

Don’t take any medications/supplements the morning of your session- you can take them after your session. Women who are menstruating- Kambo is a vasodilator and may cause increased flow for 24-36 hours. You may also get your period sooner than usual. Prepare to be there for at least 2 to 3 hours.  It is recommended to have the rest of your day be relaxed and process. 

What to Bring: ( some of these items will be provided, check with me prior of coming to your session)

· Two liters of room temperature water (I will instruct you when to start drinking your water; it is approximately 15 minutes before I place the Kambo on your gates). 

· A blanket and pillow (Optional items: yoga mat) 

· Layered clothing for hot and cold temperature fluctuations (and a change of clothing in case yours gets soiled during your session)

· A contact lens case with solution added (if you choose to receive Sananga eye drops and wear contact lenses)

· A hair band or clip if your hair is long

During: Meditating with the breath is the best preparation for a Kambo ceremony. Breathe and invite the spirit of the Kambo into you, exhale and surrender your ego, your weight, your toxicity. Set your intentions. If you seek emotional release, try to focus on the feeling and bring it out as much as you can. 



When the points begin to heal, try not to remove the scabs or scratch, as this might lead to longer-term or permanent scarring.  If they itch, you can apply some aloe vera which will also help the scabs dry out sooner.  I prefer to only use Dragon’s Blood which I apply to the points.

Try to keep the area dry, except for bathing/showering.  Keep abrasive clothing fabrics away from the area for about one week. The small burns will usually heal and fade with time, though it is important to understand that some types of skin will continue to show small dots months later.  Many people see their Kambo scars as a badge of honor for going through this powerful experience.


Stay off alcohol and recreational drugs for at least 24 hours after your session.
No sweat lodges the week before. No water fasting, liver flushes, enemas, or colonics 3 days before. No hot tubs or saunas 1 day before. They disrupt your electrolyte balance, which can pose a severe risk to your health.

It’s recommended to be gentle with yourself in the days following your experience, since you may be more sensitive. It’s good to spend time with yourself and connect with the spirit of Kambo, to receive any messages or insights. Spending quiet time with yourself in nature, going for walks, journaling, taking baths, meditating and such can be helpful in your integration.

Emotions from the past can surface and will need to be worked through in order to be released. It’s recommended to have friends, loved ones, coaches, and counselors to help support you in your integration.

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