Phyllomedusa bicolor (Kambo)

Stick, Matse from Peru (SKU 0937)

Always fresh stock. Each Kambo stick is unique, but should contain enough secretion for approximately 75-100 so-called "dots". Our good friend obtains the Kambo from two Matsés communities that consist of about twenty families. Each Kambo stick comes with two wooden sticks to burn the holes in the skin, a small bottle of Dragon's blood (Sangre de Drago) and a piece of Palo Santo incense wood.






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Our Kambo sticks come from our trusted source who is in close contact with the Matzes people, who harvest the secretion from the frogs. The secretion is collected on a small bamboo stick and dried. The stick is wrapped in a sheet made of cornleaf to protect its contents. When you unwrap a Kambo stick, its surface contains the dried secretions of the Phyllomedusa bicolor. As the sticks are all handmade by different tribesmen, each Kambo stick is unique.

"Kambo", "Kampo" or "Sapo" is a traditional medicine used by Amazonian tribes indigenous to the western Amazon region. The Matsés tribe traditionally uses this medicine to obtain strength, aim and dexterity for the hunting. The utilization of this frog secretion is shared by numerous other Amazonian tribes, including the Matis, Kanamari, Kaxinawa, Katukina, Kulina, Yaminawa, Marubo, and Ticuna tribes.

The frog secretion (Sapo) is coated upon the blow darts that are to be used for hunting in the forest. When the dart is blown into the body of the animal being hunted it is incapacitated through pysical discomfort and goes through a detox process similar to the process experienced by the shaman to cleanse themselves of bad luck and toxins. The animal is captured and returned to the village healthy and alive ready to be sacrificed to feed the tribe.

Other names: Sapo Toad, Vacina do Sapo (toad vaccine), Leite do Sapo (toad milk), Kambô, or Kampú, Secretions of the Phyllomedusa bicolor tree-frog.

The Panoan tribes that practice the Kambo frog ritual call it Kambo or Kampo in their language. Tree frogs are referred to as “sapos,” in Spanish hence the term "Sapo" as sometimes used to refer to the indigenous medicine, Kambo. The tree frog is stretched by strings tied to its limbs. As painful as it may look, the tree frog is not harmed during the process in which the secretion is harvested from its skin. Traditionally, older men scrape the epidermis of the frog with a wooden stick to remove the secretion. After harvesting, the frog is released unharmed. The Matses believe that harming the frog could offend animal spirits and result in severe misfortune.[1]

The tribal members use it as a medicine and hunting aid, claiming it makes them strong and invisible. The secretion from the wooden stick is typically mixed with the shaman's saliva and applied to tiny burns.[2]

In the 1980s, during one of his visits to the Matses Indians in Peru, investigative journalist Peter Gorman documented the first first-hand experience of a human taking an animal substance for medicinal purposes. Times have changed since then. Throughout the Amazon, Sapo, can now be purchased, without prescription, in markets and apothecaries, or administered by traditional healers and herbalists as a natural household remedy. Not surprisingly, the global pharmaceutical industry is now taking keen interest in the medicinal properties of frog slime. In an International Herald Tribune article dated May 31, 2006, an alliance between the Katukina tribe and the Brazilian government aims ensure that profits generated from the development of drugs from the Phyllomedusa bicolor's secretions, will stay in the country and benefit the Katukinas.[3]

...or rather Animal Info:

Phyllomedusa bicolor, also known as the Giant Leaf Frog or the Giant Monkey Frog, is a large green noctural frog that lives in the trees of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. Males 91-103 mm, females 111-119 mm. The dorsum is dark green and the belly varies from white to yellow-white or cream. There are sparse white spots with dark frames on the lower lips, chest and front legs, and these are more dense on the flanks and hind legs. Fingers are transparent brown with large green adhesive discs. A prominent gland extends from behind the eye over the tympanum. The iris is dark gray. The species is arboreal and nocturnal. Males usually call from high trees, and descend with the female to construct nests 1-3 meters above ponds. Reproduction occurs throughout the year in ponds near to, or far from, streams, with a peak from November to May (rainy season). The females deposit about 600 unpigmented eggs in a gelatinous mass in leaf nests hanging over ponds. The leaves are joined or folded with the aid of the male. After 8-10 days, the tadpoles hatch and fall into the water, where they complete development until metamorphosis. Like other amphibians from around the world, the giant monkey frog is threatened by climate change and habitat loss.[4]

The dried secretion contains up to 7% potently active peptides: Phyllocaerulein, phyllomedusin, phyllokinin, dermorphins (selective mu opioid receptor agonists) and deltorphins (selective delta opioid receptor agonists).

Phyllomedusin is a new peptide of the tachykinin family. Phyllomedusin strongly affects the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines, and bowels, and contributes to violent purging. Tachykinins are active peptides which excite neurons, evoke behavioral responses. They are potent vasodilators and secretagogues, and Phyllomedusin contract (directly or indirectly) many smooth muscles. Phyllomedusin is secreted protein and expressed by the skin glands.

Nu-Nu, a traditional hunting powder and powerful snuff is used alongside and during Kambo ceremonies in the Amazon by many tribes including the Matses. It contains a sacred mix of powerful jungle herbs. Guayusa (Ilex Guayusa) is made into a stimulating tea and drank by the Matses during Nu-Nu and Kambo ceremonies to keep energised and awake during the long nights in practise. Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) a powerful incense wood, is now increasingly widely used in Kambo treatments, to help expel negative energies and toxins from the body by waving the smoke directly under the face of the patient while under the influence of the Kambo venom.

Because of its beneficial properties on the healing of wounds and preventing scar tissue, Sangre de Drago is an essential tool for a Kambo practitioner. Applied to the burns upon conclusion of the ceremony, Sangre de Drago protects the healing burn by covering it with an antibacterial layer. When dried up it completely closes the wound. Taspine is the active alkaloid responsible for the wound healing and antibacterial effect.

NEVER use Kambo without first being introduced and initiated by an experienced Kambo treatment provider, or an experienced user. And do proper research. Most importantly: drink 1 to 1.5 iters of water 10 minutes prior and during apllication.

Maya Ethnobotanicals has no intention of popularizing or promoting the use of Kambo. We provide this shamanic tool for those who know how to prepare it, know about and respect its inherent power. We provide basic historical information in our descriptions, with minimal detail about usage, effects or experiences. 

Providing usage instructions on this product is something beyond our ethics and responsibility. It is in our opinion impossible and unethical to define its use with a thousand words. It is too complex. We encourage those interested to do their own research, to learn about all the diverse aspects on the subject. 

[1] Kambo,
[2] Frog Sweat ~ Matses Rainforest Medicine, by Peter Gorman, Mariri Magazine
[3] Kampú - Taking the Frog Vaccine, by Lorna Li, Mariri Magazine
[4] Phyllomedusa bicolor, AmphibiaWeb

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