WHAT IS KAMBÔ?
Kambô, Sapo, Acate and Vacina da Floresta are names given to the waxy, secretion of a beautiful bright green tree frog that is used by the Indigenous people of South America to heal and strengthen the mind, body and spirit. The Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog, or Phyllomedusa bicolor, can be found in the rainforest regions of northern Brazil, eastern Peru, southeastern Colombia, and parts of Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Guianas.
THE LEGEND OF KAMPU
There is a Huni Kuin Kaxinawá legend that tells that many moons ago the Indigenous villagers became very ill and the Shaman (Pajé) Kampū (Kampum / Kapum) had done everything that was possible to cure them. All traditional medicines were used but none helped his people. Kampu then entered the forest and with the help of medicine Ayahuasca received the visit of the great Creator. He brought in his hands a frog, from which he took a white secretion and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the village and following the guidelines that he had received, the Shaman Kampu was able to cure his sisters and brothers. After his death, the spirit of Kampu began to live in the frog and the Indigenous people began to use its secretion to stay active and healthy.
We use ethically obtained and fairly traded Kambô from the and the Huni Kuin, Yawanawá and Matsés communities. The frogs are very sacred to these people and are never harmed in the process.
"Panema" is a term used by some Indigenous people to describes a negative energy that gathers over time. Traditionally visualised as a sort of dense grey cloud or aura, panema is blamed for bad luck, depression, laziness, irritation and other adverse states. Clearing this cloud is vital for Indigenous groups that depend on hunting and community coherence. For many, Kambô serves this purpose. Outside of traditional contexts, the dissipation of panema may be described as “clearing the pain body" or “realigning the chakras". The purge itself may be felt as an expulsion of bad thoughts, habits, negative personality traits, or lingering life problems.
A profoundly transformational tool, Kambô medicine is known to "wipe the slate clean", increase compassion, courage and emotional stability. Some users feel more “aligned” or “solid” after Kambô, not stuck in their heads and more in their bodies or hearts. Frustration, anger, and anxiety also tend to reduce or dissipate entirely. These positive changes may last several days or several months - it's important to participate in this healing actively and ensure you can follow up with the suggested aftercare.
Kambô work is 50:50 between you and the frog. It's really important you are able to commit to this.