Kambo Thailand FAQs
Who can not do Kambo?
You cannot take Kambo if:
Have serious heart problems or who have had heart surgery. This includes a Pacemaker but excludes Stents
Have had a stroke or a brain haemorrhage
Have an aneurism or blood clot
Are recovering from a major surgical procedure with internal stitches
Are on medication for low blood pressure
Lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo
Have serious mental health problems, excluding depression, PTSD and anxiety
Are undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or have done so within the last 4 weeks
Take immune-suppressants after organ transplant
Have Addison’s Disease
Have current and severe epilepsy
Are recovering from a major surgical procedure
Are under 18 years old
Have certain types of EDS
You have had major heart surgery
You have had a clinically diagnosed psychotic episode within the last 12 months
You are pregnant or working on getting pregnant
Are breast-feeding a child under 6 months old.
You have eaten within the last 12 hours
You have an adverse reaction to the Test Point.
Can I do Kambo if I am pregnant?
You should not take Kambo if you are pregnant or working on it. The flood of peptides introduced into your body with Kambo sparks powerful processes likely to interfere with the very delicate processes involved in pregnancy at any stage and therefore it is not recommended.
Will I have scars after my Kambo treatment?
Probably. We take every effort and great pride in making neat and precise Kambo points, using organic, natural ingredient burning sticks only. After your Kambo treatment, your points are treated with Sangre de Drago (Dragon’s Blood), in our opinion the finest topical skin treatment in the world, bar none.
Provided you do not pick at your points (thereby risking infection), the amount of scarring is largely down to your skin type, pigmentation and the location of the points. Other factors–including metabolism and the amount of sunlight on the skin–play a part. Delicate skin–e.g. on the inner forearm–tends to scar for longer than tougher areas–e.g. the outside upper arm.
If you continue to work with Kambo, the same points can be used within 2-3 months.
Everybody is different–biologically and psychologically. For some, a neat set of Kambo points is a marque of pride. Others wish to keep any scars to a minimum. Talk to us before your treatment if you have any concerns.
Is Kambo hallucinogenic?
No. Neither the Frog secretion in toto nor its component peptides or neuropeptides are classified as mind-altering in any international legislature. On the other hand, it is a very powerful holistic treatment, and clients do from time to time experience “journeys”– as you might during shamanic journeying, meditation or yoga. This is usually a deep, reflective internal process.
How long does the Kambo session last for?
Make no mistake, the Kambo experience is intense. The good news is it’s short. Most people are through the purging process in 30-40 minutes, fully recovered within 2 hours or less and ready for some light food.
Can I go to work after Kambo?
We hold our Kambo sessions first thing in the morning, partly so you don’t have to fast all day before your treatment (12 hours fast is required prior to treatment). Afterwards, your body needs to rest, as it is integrating the Kambo into its vital systems. You may feel tired, or even if you already feel full of energy, we advise taking the rest of the day off work, going home and taking it easy in order to give the Kambo time to do its thing.
The next day is where the main feeling of the treatment will be felt. You may have a spring in your step, increased positivity and clarity.
Is Kambo legal?
Yes. Kambo is completely legal.
Will I vomit?
Absolutely. In fact, vomiting is compulsory! Kambo is first and foremost a purgative treatment. Prior to applying Kambo to your skin, you will drink a minimum of 2 litres of plain water. This gives your stomach something to work on when expelling toxins released into it by your liver, gall bladder and other organs.
We will be looking for roughly this volume of water in your bucket. When the water is accompanied by yellow/green bile and your nausea dies down, your treatment is complete. Vomiting water is relatively painless–this is why it is crucial to have your treatment on an empty stomach. For many people, drinking litres of water is the hardest part of the treatment.
What is the booking process?
Click on your prefered location and send us your inquiry using the form on the page.
Once you hit submit you'll recieve our information email on our policies, proceadures for you to acknowledge and we can discuss your booking date.
We do prefer to deal with the money exhange before the ceremony to leave that energy out of the healing. So a 50% deposit is required upon booking and the remainder to be paid 1 day prior to the ceremony/retreat.
What is Kambo used for?
The use of Kambo differs amongst tribes but the main indigenous uses revolve around lifting Panema – an indigenous name for dark or negative energy and for Hunting Magic – they believe it their speed and energy during hunting and that it makes the hunter invisible by temporarily eliminating their human odour.
There are many ways they use it medicinally too, including: malaria, snake bites, fevers, infections, fertility problems, to cleanse, detox and strengthen the mind and body, to increase energy and stamina and to reduce pain.
Outside of the forest, Kambo has been the subject of nearly three decades of medical research. As with venoms from snakes and scorpions, researchers believe that Kambo will open up a new world of treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Vascular problems, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Addictions and much, much more. Their work consists of attempting to identify, isolate and reproduce the incredible and unique chemical cocktail that Kambo is. It contains dozens of Peptides (short chains of amino acids), some of them bioactive which means they have an affinity and selectivity for binding with receptor sites in humans (A receptor is like a lock that, when opened with the right key—the bioactive peptide—triggers specific chemical reactions in the body). The peptide families represented in Kambo include bradykinins (phyllokinin), tachykinins (phyllomedusin), caerulein, sauvagine, tryptophyllins, dermorphins, deltorphins and bombesins.
Recent studies have shown that Kambo contains multiple antimicrobial peptides effective against drug resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites and virus, providing opportunities for the development of new and more efficient nanotechnological-based therapies for treating infectious diseases. Several years of ongoing research by the University of Paris have shown Kambo to be super effective at killing cancer cells and Queens University in Belfast recently won a prestigious award for their ground breaking work with cancer and frog secretions.
Kambo is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anaesthetic substances found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It also detoxes the liver and the intestines so it’s a powerful cleanser. Immediate and short term effects include enhanced mood, alertness, clarity, focus, energy and increased resistance to stress, tiredness, hunger and thirst. The mind becomes still, you feel lighter and everything becomes easier to manage. In the longer term, Kambo empowers the immune system, rousing the body’s defence systems to their natural functions so that existing health problems are improved or resolved and future ones are less likely to occur. In spiritual terms, Kambo works in a mystical fashion as a light that opens the way, helping us to overcome obstacles and release blockages on an emotional level. It clears our energy field and realigns the chakras enabling us to break negative habits and live and think more naturally.
Despite the billions of pounds/euros and dollars being poured into researching and developing mainstream synthetic medication from Phyllomedusa Bicolour frog secretions, no one has yet managed to reproduce the original! Kambo in its original, natural form is a holistic treatment that works on the mind, body, energy and spirit at all levels in ways that we don’t completely understand yet. The native peoples of the Amazon are quite right to use the word ‘magic’ when describing this substance.
What happens during a treatment?
Kambo is intense but fast. The unpleasant effects are strong and immediate but over within 30 – 40 minutes.
The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small dots. Then small points called gates are placed into the surface of the skin. The points are approximately 1/8” across but can be smaller or slightly larger depending on the treatment.
The top thin layer of skin is blistered with a hot stick and the skin is peeled off to expose the epidermis underneath – this is similar to when you have a blister and the skin rubs off. There is no blood. The number and position of the points varies from person to person depending on individual needs.
If you have a series of treatments in the same session, the same points are reused. The small dots of Kambo are applied to the points. This is the only way to take Kambo – it is not safe to ingest it, snort it or to introduce it into the blood stream directly. The Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System so the effect is very fast. Most people experience a warm to hot flush on the upper body and face along with increased heart rate. At this point, different people will react in different ways. Some will feel dizzy, foggy or spaced out; the occasional person will shake or even faint. Some people have swollen lips or face and slight skin tingling.
The Kambo will be racing around your body, scanning it for problems and then going directly to work on those areas. You may experience a throbbing or burning sensation in those areas for a short while. Some people may feel some abdominal discomfort and need to defecate.
Once the Kambo has cleaned the body you will purge all the toxins out. This purging process works on a physical and emotional level. You may feel tired at this point and need to rest.
Within a short time – usually an hour or so you will feel much better and you can drink and eat normally.
Within a day or so, depending on your state of health, you will start to feel the real benefits.
How safe is Kambo?
Kambo is 100% safe in the right hands. It’s true that there have been accidents in the past and that people have died but the number is very small and the circumstances of these deaths have shown that Kambo should not have been given to them because of their pre-existing health conditions. This applies to all medicines, natural or pharmaceutical, there are always contraindications.
Not only is it important for the person giving Kambo to understand these contraindications but it is also important for people taking Kambo to disclose all there health issues to the practitioner. In this way, we can ensure that no more mistakes happen. Kambo is not for everyone. Also be aware that if you are travelling in South America and seek out a remote tribe to take Kambo with, that they may not have full knowledge of western health conditions so be very careful in these situations.
Where does Kambo come from?
Kambo frogs are found high in trees near the Igarapés (rainforest waterways) where they gather to sing and announce the rain. They are generally harvested at dawn by the Indians who also sing and imitate the frogs’ song. Click on the player to the right to hear a sample of their song. The frogs are very passive and do not react negatively when picked up, possibly because they have no predators. The frogs are carefully tied by each leg with straw strings into an X shape. Sometimes the shaman will massage the toes to encourage the secretion which is then carefully scraped off and dried on small sticks.
After it is released the frog returns to its habitat none the worse for wear. The strings leaves a tiny white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the frog again until it has faded which takes at 2-3 months. The frog is never harmed but treated with utmost care and respect as the people believe that to harm the frog will anger the animal spirits that they live so closely with. Kambo collected in this way is considered 100% ethically harvested.
Kambo frogs that are held in a laboratory environment or squeezed or harmed in any way during the harvesting process are not considered to be ethically harvested.
What are the origins of Kambo?
"Each tribe has its own legend or story about how they came to use Kambo. The most prevalent legend comes from Brazil.
This Kaxinawá legend tells that the Indians of the tribe were very ill and their medicine man (Pajé in Brazil) had done everything that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none helped.
Under the effect of sacred plant medicines, he entered the forest and whilst there received a visit from a female spirit of the forest.
She brought in her hands a frog, from which she took a white secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines he had received, the Pajé was able to cure his brothers and sisters. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu or Kampum.
After his death, his spirit lived on in the frog, where it continued its mission to protect the health of those who defend the forest. The secretion became known as Kambo but in some tribes it is called Sapo, Dow-Kiet, Kampu or Vacina da Floresta.
Usage spread, and for thousands of years, Kambo has been used as medicine by the Kaxinawá people, and by many other indigenous groups including the Amahuaca, Katukina, Kulina, Yawanawá, Matses, Marubo and Mayoruna. It is still used widely amongst indigenous people in the Amazon to this day.
The first observations of Kambo use were made by a French priest, Father Constantin Tastevin in 1925 whilst he was staying with the Kaxinawá tribe in the upper Juruá River in Brazil. In the 1980’s an American Anthropologist, Katherine Milton described Kambo use among the Mayoruna tribe in Brazil and in the 1980s Peter Gorman wrote about his experiences taking Kambo with the Matses tribe in Peru.
During the 1990’s, rubber tappers in Brazil learned about Kambo from the Amazon Indians. They began to take it out into the towns of Acre and apply it themselves. Having spent several years living with the Katukina, Francisco Gomes from Cruzeiro do Sol was one of the first people to pioneer the use of Kambo outside the Amazon. The practice spread and soon people in the larger cities of Brazil were using Kambo.
In 2004, ANVISA, the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária in Brazil prohibited any advertising of the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of Kambo. This was in response to representation made to the Brazilian government by the Katukina people with regard to intellectual property rights. Aside from this restriction, Kambo is legal everywhere in the world." - Take from the IAKP website
How do I pay for my ceremony/retreat?
Money can be an awkward exchange for many people and therefore we prefer to keep that exchange out of the ceremony process.
50% of the total cost of the ceremony/retreat needs to be paid at booking and the remainder paid 1 day prior to the ceremony/check-in.