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The Kambo Medicine:
Ancestral Wisdom for Modern Health

There is a very close relationship between the ancestral and the modern in the field of health. The existing procedures have always been highly questioned, surrounded by many myths and questions. The best part is that we can scientifically contrast all the information we have on the internet, including scientific articles and evidence of experiences with the Matsés tribes, who are pioneers in the practice of Kambo. We must consider ancestral wisdom as a tool that could improve modern health.

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This article will help you to deeply understand the myths, truths, and experiences of the ancestral Kambo medicine. You will also find scientific references and experiences on the subject, aimed at clarifying questions about Kambo.

Benefits of Kambo Medicine

Those who practice Kambo Training report a range of benefits, including:

In the intertwined path that links the ancestral with the modern in medicine, we encounter the practice of Kambo, a tradition that emerges from the depths of indigenous wisdom. Delving into the study of its benefits is like opening an ancient book full of secrets and teachings.

The purification of the body and soul is one of the pillars of the Kambo experience. Those who have had the privilege of approaching this ancestral medicine speak of a deep cleansing sensation, a purge that acts not only physically but also spiritually. It is as if through this rite, the accumulated toxins are expelled not only from the body but also from the spirit.

Talking about Kambo also means talking about strengthening the immune system, a shield against diseases and the wear and tear of everyday life. People who have incorporated Kambo into their lives often report an increase in their resistance to diseases, a kind of physical rebirth that allows them to better face health challenges.

Pain relief is another of the gems that Kambo offers. From chronic pain to migraines, this ancestral remedy has proven to be a balm in the lives of those who suffer. It is as if, through its components, Kambo manages to soothe those seemingly endless storms of pain.

In the emotional and spiritual realm, Kambo presents a path toward clarity and balance. Although science is still seeking definitive answers on these aspects, personal experiences speak for themselves. Many find in Kambo a tool.

Talking about the unknown or about what we have little information on has always been a very delicate subject. However, the more we learn about something, we realize that we can apply it more to our lives. This is no exception. Below, we will learn about the history of this Kambo practice, how it originated, its purpose, how it helps humans, its benefits, and more.

The Matsés and the Origin of Kambo Medicine

The Kambo medicine practiced by the MatsĂ©s tribe in the Amazon rainforest is based on the use of the secretion of the Phyllomedusa bicolor frog. This ancestral practice, as highlighted by Peter Gorman in “Sapo in My Soul,” reflects the deep knowledge the MatsĂ©s have of their environment: “The MatsĂ©s have become masters of the natural history of the flora and fauna of the region… They have learned to see the jungle as their ally.”

The MatsĂ©s tribe, known for their skill in managing the natural resources of the jungle, discovered Kambo as part of their traditional medicine. According to a legend, a shaman, following the instructions of a spirit in a dream, used the frog’s secretion to cure the sick, achieving their recovery. This practice has been passed down through generations, becoming a pillar of their medicine and culture.

Paulo GĂłmez, who lived with the Noke Kuin community, explains in Ladera Sur the nature of Kambo: “Kambo gives you the tools, the will, and the consciousness to realize what makes you sick and to be able to confront it.” This perspective emphasizes that Kambo is not only a physical treatment but also a tool for self-awareness and emotional and spiritual healing.

The relationship of the MatsĂ©s with the Kambo frog is one of great respect and consideration. As described in Kambo Strong, they treat the frog almost like a deity, collecting the secretion in a non-invasive way: “The frog is not killed or even injured when collecting the secretion – it does not even stray from being collected.” This respect underscores the deep connection the tribe has with nature.

The process of collecting and applying Kambo, although it may seem harsh by modern standards, is essential for obtaining the venom. As detailed in Living in Peru, the venom is excreted when the frog is stressed, and the procedure includes methods that induce this state: “After scraping, pressing, blowing tobacco, inserting herbs into the amphibian’s nose, enough venom has been collected.”

Finally, in nextlevelsmart.es, the cultural and spiritual importance of this practice for the Matsés is recognized. They maintain this unique and sacred tradition of extracting Kambo from the green frog Phyllomedusa Bicolor.

This historical and cultural context about Kambo medicine and the Matsés tribe illustrates the rich ancestral tradition that intertwines with a deep respect for nature and indigenous knowledge. Incorporating these aspects into your article will provide a well-informed and respectful perspective on the topic.

Myths About Kambo Medicine

This topic is almost always a source of great concern. We find a lot of diversified information on the web that often makes us wonder whether what we are seeing is real or not. Below, we will look at the most common myths about this practice.

One of the most widespread myths is the perception that Kambo is dangerous and toxic. However, this view does not capture the entire story. Although Kambo contains powerful bioactive substances, its application, when performed with wisdom and respect by a connoisseur of the tradition, can be considered safe. The effects it produces, although intense at the moment of purging, are part of its healing process and are temporary. It is a reminder that what we sometimes perceive as adverse can be a step towards healing.

A sensitive issue is the treatment of the Phyllomedusa bicolor frog, the source of Kambo. Contrary to the belief that the practice is harmful to these frogs, the Matsés and other native practitioners treat them with deep respect. The collection of their secretion is done carefully, ensuring that the frogs return healthy to their habitat. This care reflects a relationship of reciprocity and respect with the natural world.

One of the most significant findings in Kambo’s research is the presence of opioid peptides such as dermorphin and deltorphin, which are incredibly potent compared to morphine. These peptides bind to receptors in human cells and trigger an analgesic response. Dermorphin and deltorphin are 4000 times more potent than morphine and 40 times stronger than the body’s natural analgesic, b-endorphins reference

Scientific research has identified a series of bioactive peptides in Kambo that have beneficial effects on the human body, debunking the myth that Kambo is merely toxic and dangerous. These peptides act on the gastrointestinal muscles, gastric and pancreatic secretions, blood circulation, and the stimulation of the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland. Kambo has also been shown to have antibiotic, antiviral, antimicrobial, and analgesic effects on the body reference.

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Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.

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Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you
not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you