‘Among the several dozen peptides found in kambo, up to 7% are bio-active.’ They bind with receptor sites situated in the brain, triggering chemical reactions in the human body. So far, researchers have found nine bio- active peptides that have a potent effect on the gastrointestinal muscles, gastric and pancreatic secretions, blood circulation, and on the stimulation of the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland. Kambo uses the poison of the giant monkey frog, to purify the body and treat various health conditions. However, there is no scientific evidence to verify the benefits. However, it is important to keep in mind that kambo is a poisonous substance, and people should beware of the potential side effects and potential for illness or death.
Read more about Kambo training in the Amazon here. Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. If you’re going to partake, know the potential risks and dangers, including illness and death, and take precautions to minimize your risk for serious complications. The first part of the process involves drinking about a liter of water or cassava soup.
What Is Kambo Therapy?
Kambo is a South American healing ritual that incorporates the poisonous secretions of a frog. Indigenous peoples have used it for centuries but it can cause a range of unpleasant side effects. To begin their experience, Todd sat down with Lauren and Katie to discuss exactly what to expect during and after the ceremony. “Todd’s really amazing because he’s trained by shamans so he has the traditions and he’s very respectful of that, but he is really rooting this practice and this medicine in science,” Lauren explains.
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Kambo is legal but not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration or any other health organization. This means there’s no oversight on quality or contaminants in the product. They typically last from 5 to 30 minutes, though they can last for up to several hours in rare cases.
Science of Kambo
Before the ceremony, Todd had Lauren and Katie put Apple Watches on so that he can monitor their heart rate in real time. “The vitals are a great way to quantify the biologial shifts through Kambo,” Todd explains, adding that he monitors glucose before and after the ceremony because the “blood sugar rises and then lowers at the end” of the ceremony. With their vitals checked and their Apple Watches in place, Lauren and Katie were ready for the ceremony. Researchers do not yet understand the full effects of kambo on the human body. While people tend to perform cleanses safely, some may experience severe side effects after taking part in the ritual.