IAKP kambo practitioner maria krzysztofik



Kambo is a secretion of the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. Its scientific name is Phyllomedusa Bicolor. Phyllo meaning leaf and medusa meaning guardian. 

Kambo has been used by indigenous tribes in the Upper Amazon Rainforest for 1000's of years. 


This traditional healing medicine goes by many different names Kambo, Sapo, Dow-kiet, Hunting Magic, Ordeal medicine, Vaccine of the forest. 


Scientists have shown that the Kambo secretion contains a unique and highly complex chemical cocktail of bioactive peptides beneficial to the human body. Three decades of research has resulted in over 70 patents being lodged, but so far, none of these single extracts comes close to this healing medicine in it’s entirety. 


Kambo is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anaesthetic substances found in the world,and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It also detoxifies the liver and intestines,so it’s a powerful cleanser.


Traditionally Kambo is used by hunters to cleanse, detox and strengthen the mind and body. Increasing their energy, stamina and heightening their senses before hunting. Kambo is used as a medicine to treat fever, infections, Malaria, snake bites and pain relief. Kambo is used to clear away dark or negative energy known as Penema. When Penema is cleared everything becomes easier, obstacles can be overcome and life flows more naturally.

Alongside indigenous use, many thousands of people around the globe are recognizing Kambo as being a multi-dimensional healing medicine for a wide variety of illnesses and challenges across all levels of being.

The physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual level.

kambo health benefits

On a physical level, Kambo initiates a potent detoxification and cleansing process, helping those who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, inflammation, recurrent infections, alcohol and drug addictions, fertility issues, thyroid problems, heavy metal poisoning, fungal issues, lyme disease, HIV, herpes, candida, gut problems, high blood pressure, cancers, parkinson’sdisease, and autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

On a mental level, aside from targeting specific health conditions, people report benefits with clarity of mind, heightened awareness, improved cognitive health, overcoming limiting beliefs, increased focus and sharpening of the senses.

On an emotional level, Kambo helps to clear anxiety, depression, releasing past traumas, issues and emotional baggage, enhancing resilience to stress and fatigue, while boosting our overall mood and well-being. 

On the energetic and spiritual level, Kambo helps to cleanse our energy field and rebalance our chakras. It can initiate a deeper connection to ourselves, to others, and to the natural world around us. Bringing more clarity to our virtues, values, and even our life path, while gifting us the opportunity to tap into more peace, stillness, and wisdom within.


ethically harvested 

The source of Kambo used by the IAKP comes from the original Matsés tribe where the frog is treated very well. It is believed by the Matsés tribe that if the Kambo frog is harmed it angers the animal spirit that is so closely associated with Kambo.


The Kambo frogs are passive and allow themselves to be picked up. They are unafraid of humans despite being harvested and once called from the tree can be seen crawling up the legs of humans.

Kambo frogs are carefully tied by each leg with straw strings into an X shape. The strings leaves a tiny white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the frog again until it has faded which takes at 2-3 months. It is not painful for the Kambo frog in anyway. The Kambo frog is naturally covered in the secretion, which is gently rubbed off the skin. Sometimes the Matsés rub the toe of the Kambo frog to produce more secretion.


Only the first layer of secretion is ever taken from the Kambo frog leaving it with some protection should it be attacked and to ensure potency of the medicine. It is considered that this source is ethically harvested and sustainable because the frog can be reproduce easily. The frog is then released to continue living a healthy life in the jungle. It is not damaged in any way.

Kambo is in the IUCNs 'least concern' category when it comes to being endangered. Their population is widely distributed across the Upper Amazon, with their only current threat being deforestation and destruction of their natural habitat.

Kambo is completely safe when responsibly administered by a trained practitioner, there are a number of people with contraindications who can not receive a Kambo treatment safely. These include:

  • People who are under 18 years of age.

  • People who have serious heart problems.

  • People who have had a stroke.

  • People who are taking medication for low blood pressure.

  • People who have had a brain haemorrhage.

  • People who have aneurysms or blood clots.

  • People who lack the mental capacity to make their own decision to take Kambo.

  • People who have serious mental health problems (excluding depression, PTSD and anxiety)

  • People who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

  • People who are taking immune-suppressants for organ transplant.

  • People with Addison's disease.

  • Have certain types of EDS

  • People with current and severe epilepsy.

  • People who are recovering from a major surgical procedure.

  • Women who are pregnant or suspect they may be so.

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding babies under the age of 6 months old.

  • People who have worked with Bufo Alvarius (toad medicine) in the last 6-8 weeks prior to Kambo.

This is not a complete comprehensive list.

If you have any concerns or serious health issues, it’s important to disclose these prior to treatment to ensure that Kambo is suitable and safe for you to work with.


cautions & considerations

Extra caution is required in the following cases, It's important to disclose any of these prior to treatment:


  • People taking slimming, serotonin and/or sleeping supplements.

  • People taking immune-suppressants for auto-immune disorders.

  • People with active drug or alcohol addictions.

  • People who have been fasting/water-fasting for 7 days before (or after) Kambo.

  • People who have had enemas, colonics, liver flushes or any water based detox 3 days before (or after) taking Kambo.

It's important to disclose any of the following prior to treatment:

  • If you are taking or have recently stopped taking any medications.

  • If you are taking or have recently stopped taking any diet/slimming pills.

  • If you are regularly taking anti-diuretic medication or sports drinks.

  • If you have ever been, or are currently bulimic or anorexic.

  • If you are epileptic.

  • If you have abnormally high or low blood pressure.

  • If you have liver or kidney problems.

  • If you have any chronic or serious health issues.

  • If you have asthma.

  • If you have diabetes.

  • If you're menstruating at the time of your treatment, Kambo will most likely cause your flow to increase for 24 to 36 hours, due to it's vasodilation properties.

It's important to share any information regarding regular medications you are taking, historical or current health issues, mental health history, as well as any fears or phobias, prior to confirming treatment.

As an IAKP Kambo Practitioner abiding by the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, confidentiality is taken seriously. Your personal and private information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent.

kambo preparation

  • Do not attempt any sort of prolonged fast 7 days before / after Kambo.

  • Do not begin any colonics, enemas, water based detox, liver flushes, or sweat lodge 3 days before / after Kambo.

  • Do not take recreational drugs or drink alcohol 24-48 hours before / after Kambo.

  • Do not eat any food 12 hours before Kambo. It's important to fast for these 12 hours immediately prior to a Kambo treatment.

  • Do not drink coffee on the morning of your treatment.

  • Remove tight, restrictive jewellery before your Kambo treatment.

  • Try to make little to no plans for the remainder of your day after your treatment. You may need to rest and recuperate.

  • Do not drink large amounts of water or fluid on the morning of your Kambo treatment.

  • You can drink a hot tea on the morning of your Kambo treatment, and sip on small amounts of water. Do not add honey. This can disturb your electrolyte balance.

  • Stop fluid intake 2 hours prior to your Kambo treatment.


kambo treatment

Kambo should always be taken with a properly trained person administering and supervising the treatments at all times. Kambo is intense but fast. The unpleasant effects are strong and immediate but over within 30 - 45 minutes.


The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small points. You will be asked to drink about 2 liters of water before the Kambo is applied. This helps with the purging process as Kambo draws toxins into the stomach and the water will act as the vehicle to carry it out. The water will also help mitigate some of the heat that is created in the body as a result of the Kambo.


Then small points called gates are placed into the surface of the skin. The top thin layer of skin is blistered with a hot stick and the skin is peeled off to expose the epidermis underneath. This is the same as when you have a blister and the skin rubs off.  There is no blood.  ​ 

Traditionally men have the medicine applied to their upper left arm or chest, while women typically have it placed on their lower right leg. Kambo treatments can also incorporate the chakra system, as well as auricular and meridian points. The type of treatment will depend on first time experience, subsequent treatments and what one is wishing to work on.


The number and position of the gates varies from person to person depending on individual needs. If you have a series of treatments in the same session, the same gates can be reused. The small points of Kambo are applied to the gates. This is the only way to take Kambo.  It is not safe to ingest it or introduce it into the blood stream directly. The Kambo points will remain on the skin for 20 to 40 minutes before being washed off.

during your kambo treatment

The Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System, waking up the body's natural ability to heal itself on a cellular level. The effect is very fast. Most people experience a warm to hot flush on the upper body and face along with increased heart rate. At this point, different people will react in different ways.


Some will feel dizzy, foggy or spaced out. Some people have swollen lips or face and slight skin tingling. The Kambo will be racing around your body, scanning it for problems and then going directly to work on those areas. You may experience a throbbing or burning sensation in those areas for a short while.

Kambo is not psychoactive so does not produce hallucinations but can produce a short altered state of reality. Many people receive insights and messages about living a healthier life.

After the initial flush, the blood pressure will begin to fall and you will start to feel nauseous. This is the point where purging usually begins. Purging is encouraged allowing and aiding the body to release what is not serving us on the physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual level. 

Purging is most commonly achieved through vomiting, though other common reactions can be sweating, shaking, emotional release, fainting, rigor, needing to go to the bathroom, or various combinations of these. Whatever the case, the purging process is a process to embrace. We do not view it as being sick. Instead, we view it as getting well.


There are never any guarantees in the discomfort one may experience, with people occasionally reporting deep states of calm meditation, alongside feelings of euphoria and bliss.

Your IAKP Kambo practitioner Maria is in deep gratitude to be in service to Kambo. Maria will hold sacred space and will be present during your Kambo treatment without judgment or trying to impact the outcome of the process.

Maria will be guiding you through the process to get you through it as safely and comfortably as possible.   

after your kambo treatment

After your Kambo treatment you will either feel invigorated or exhausted. It is not entirely uncommon to have a headache for some time or feel a little run down before you start to feel better. The days after a treatment are when people generally begin to feel the real benefits of Kambo feeling clean, clear, rejuvenated and energised. For some the after effects are more subtle.

There are a number of people that will however experience a herxheimer response, also known as a "healing crisis", in the days following their treatment. This is a short term detoxification reaction to the body clearing out large amounts of toxins.

As with any kind of transformational work, integration the period of time after your Kambo treatment, is one of the most important aspects of the process.

If you are going back to an unhealthy lifestyle, the benefits will not be as pronounced. It is a good idea to take the rest of the day of to integrate your experience. Avoid putting yourself in intense or stressful situations.

If you can be in nature, that is best, but at the very least try to avoid excessive exposure to technology or other unnecessary distractions to see and feel what is coming up to the surface for you to heal.

The burn marks will heal and fade with time but depending on your skin colour and type you may always have small visible scars. Most people see their Kambo scars as a badge of honour. The same points can be reused after approximately 3 months.

After the points of Kambo are removed, the gates are dressed with Sangre De Drago or Dragon’s Blood. This helps them to heal faster and reduces infections until they scab naturally within a day or so. 

The content on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is in no way medical advice. Use of Kambo is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kambo should always be administered by a trained practitioner. Improper application or misunderstanding of contraindications for Kambo may pose unnecessary health risks.

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