I never predicted that I would one day find myself sitting in a Kambo ceremony. The idea of having poisonous frog secretion (Kambo) applied to a burn on my leg was one I could never have imagined.
But that’s how life works.
Life shifts and causes you to rethink the way you view the world. Rumi once recognized that unlearning is the highest form of learning.
So with a completely open mind and a vast year of unlearning, I found myself deep-diving online as to what Kambo was and why it seemed like the right thing for me to do.
What exactly is Kambo?
Kambo is a non-psychoactive traditional Amazonian medicine derived from the Giant Monkey Frog, also called Phyllomedusa Bicolor.
Kambo comes from the frog’s skin secretion and is carefully collected without harm to the frog. The secretion is applied through superficial burns made onto the skin. The immediate effects could be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, lite-headedness, and other symptoms. After using Kambo, participants report amazing health improvements for various conditions, both physical and spiritual.
Kambo has been know to treat the following health issues:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Blood Circulation problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases
Although there is little scientific information to back up the claims, they’re many success and healing stories. I believe that since Kambo is more of a spiritual and energetic medicine, it’s hard for traditional western medicine to get a grasp on its power.
It was the pull of the purging of emotional wounds that caused me to consider trying Kambo. For much of my life, I have played small and never seemed to muster the courage to step forward and be “seen.”
I wanted to somehow change that. I feel called to help others and to share my light with the world. But my fear and insecurities continually held me back.
That is why I felt called to try Kambo for myself.
What to Expect in a Kambo Ceremony?
Kambo can be done on a one-time basis or, as my practitioner Julie Larson recommends, a 3 session cleanse.
During my first ceremony, I was equal parts anxious and excited. I had researched and talked with Julie before, but I was unsure how my body would react. Purging is a big part of how the medicine works. Which was in the back of my mind as a concern.
Julie has a beautiful nurturing energy, and I immediately felt at ease as I nestled onto the yoga chair and mat she had set up.
We chatted for a bit about my intentions and what I wanted Kambo to do for me. These types of energetic medicines are much more powerful when you are clear with your intentions.
I wanted to let go and heal my relationships with any limiting beliefs I still clung to.
As we sat down, Julie pulled an oracle card that would guide my experience. This is a deeply personal part of the ceremony. I about cried when she read the meaning of the card pulled. It was what my soul needed to hear.
Before applying the Kambo, a burn needs to be created so that the medicine can go directly into the lymphatic system.
Julie used a Palo alto stick and pressed a circular burn onto my skin. In my first session, she did four burns.
Yes, the burns hurt. But it was quick, and the pain passed quickly. Then the secretion is applied to the burns.
The best way I can explain what happened next, is to remember the scene in Spiderman (the older ones with Toby McGuire) where he gets bit by the spider. He can “see” the poison traveling throughout his body and changing it. That’s kind of what it felt like. I could feel the medicine moving throughout my body and renewing and regenerating as it went along. It was one of the most surreal sensations I have ever felt.
My body went from being super hot, then super cold. And then I vomited a lot. Thankfully Julie is well prepared and has a bucket and tissues ready to go.
The whole process took about 2 hours, and although I felt pretty ill during the session, I felt fine to drive home.
I slept the rest of the afternoon and was super tired.
The next day I felt super healthy and full of energy like a weight had been lifted and my body’s “factory settings” had been restored.
I went back for two more sessions, and each time the process was similar. The second time I could not stop shaking, and my body was infused with energy. The third and final time, I again vomited a lot.
Each session seemed to renew my soul and my physical body. I became more alert, more focused, more secure in my direction in life.
I am a healthy person, so physically, not much changed. I continue to be healthy with even more energy.
Where I really felt the difference was internally and emotionally. Although Kambo is not hallucinogenic or psychoactive like other Spiritual Amazonian medicines such as Ayahuasca, there is a strong spiritual component to it. I felt cleared and cleansed of past traumas my body had held onto. Dark memories that had a weight to them seemed to dissolve and not have the same hold on me.
For me, Kambo was what I needed. It helped me to push past a lot of what I had carried for so long. It renewed my body and my soul.
One of the crazy “side effects” is that my relationship with food is different. I no longer feel controlled by it. Foods that I used to have little control over, I have very little desire to eat.
It’s been a couple of months since my last “session,” and I still feel the wonder of how my body and life have changed due to the gift from a little Amazonian frog. I will forever be grateful for its gift (secretions).
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I plan on going back for sessions as needed. Which I am sure my body will let me know.
That’s the crazy thing about the word, never. It is nebulous and can change as we shift and evolve ourselves. So if you find yourself saying, never, stop and ask yourself why, be open, be curious. You might just stumble upon exactly what you need.
If you are local to Utah – I cannot recommend Julie Larson enough! She is amazing.
If you are outside of Utah, you can find a practitioner of Kambo in your area on this website.