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What is kambo?
A Kambo cleansing, also known as a Kambo circle or Kambo ceremony, Kambo, vacina-do-sapo, or sapo (from Portuguese “sapo,” lit. meaning “toad”), is a purge using skin secretions of the kambô, a species of frog. The effects on humans usually include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; use of kambo has caused several deaths. Kambo, which originated as a folk medicine practice among the Amazon indigenous peoples, is also administered as an alternative medicine treatment in the West, often as a pseudoscientific cleanse or detox. The ceremony involves burning an arm or leg and applying the kambo secretion directly to the burn. Promoters claim that kambo helps with several illnesses or injuries. There is no scientific evidence that it is an effective treatment.
Non-indigenous users and practitioners of kambo claim that the alternative medicine helps with a wide variety of issues and conditions. These claims include treating addiction, depression, and chronic pain, reducing fevers, increasing fertility, boosting energy and physical strength, and improving mental clarity. It is also claimed that kambo removes negative energy and cleanses the soul and body. kambo frog medicine
There is currently no scientific basis to these claims. There is no solid medical evidence on how the frog toxins work, whether they are useful for treating anything, and whether they can be used safely: no clinical trials have tested them on humans, as of November 2019. Reports of adverse events are numerous, including for use with experienced guidance.
Kym Jenkins of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, in a Sydney Morning Herald article, said “people with mental illness are a more vulnerable group anyway for a variety of reasons. If you’re feeling very anxious or very depressed … you’re automatically more vulnerable and you could be more susceptible to people advertising or marketing a quick fix. I do have concerns that people can be preyed upon when they are more vulnerable.” Kambo has been described by a toxicologist as a risky, potentially life-threatening procedure. kambo frog medicine.
- Kampo pae, name used by the Noke Kuin (formerly Katukina)
- Dow kiet, a word used by the Matses
- Sapo, kampô, kampu, vacina de sapo or vacina da floresta, in Brazilian Portuguese
“Kambô” is a common name of Phyllomedusa bicolor, an Amazonian tree frog, also known as the blue-and-yellow frog, bicolored tree-frog, giant monkey frog, giant leaf frog, or waxy-monkey tree frog. “Sapo” means “frog” in Portuguese (and “toad” in Spanish). The frog is an anuran amphibian that inhabits the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America.
Kambo causes a range of unpleasant side effects. The first is usually a rush of heat and redness to the face.
Other effects quickly follow, including:
- abdominal pain
- heart palpitations
- feeling of a lump in throat
- trouble swallowing
- swelling of the lips, eyelids, or face
- loss of bladder control
Symptoms can range in severity. They typically last from 5 to 30 minutes, though they can last for up to several hours in rare cases.
Indigenous people have used kambo for centuries to heal and cleanse the body by strengthening its natural defenses and warding off bad luck. It was also believed to increase stamina and hunting skills.
These days shamans and naturopathic practitioners still use it for cleansing the body of toxins, as well as treating numerous health conditions.
Despite a lack of research, proponents of kambo believe it can help with a range of conditions, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- chronic pain
- HIV and AIDS
- vascular conditions