The plant-based eye drops brewed from the Tabernaemontana genus of shrubs
native to the upper Amazon are said to enhance eyesight and have long been
used by indigenous tribes to prevent and treat ocular diseases like glaucoma,
cataracts, near-sightedness, and blindness. But sananga is also commonly used
to treat skin diseases, infections, arthritis, cancer, and perhaps most
interestingly, to clear a person of what is called panema—anxiety, depression,
bad luck, negative energies, and laziness.

In fact, it’s by clearing this panema that sananga is said to promote overall eye
health. As a shaman would explain it, sananga does its work not at the physical
or cellular level but rather on an energetic level. While shamans may describe it
as energetic healing, scientific studies dating to the 1970’s show that shrubs in
the Tabernaemontana genus have a variety of pharmacological properties that
could help explain sananga’s ability to foster healthy vision.

A 1998 study on medicinal plants in Ecuador showed that a species of Sananga
had anti inflammatory properties , which would support the popular idea that the
medicine is an effective treatment for arthritis. Another study from 2007 showed
that sanaga was effective in treating skin infections thanks to its antimicrobial

“ I often use Sananga prior to a treatment to help ground clients before receiving Kambo.“

- Maria KrzysztofikIAKP Kambo Practitioner

Our eyes are a particularly sensitive organ, which means a sananga ceremony might be painful. Sananga causes an intense burning that might last a few minutes; some say this pain is a part of the healing process. It’s advised to breathe deeply into the pain, to put your body in a relaxed state, and gain the most from its benefits. It’s by embracing the pain that you can cleanse not only your eyes but your mind and spirit as well. After the process, you’re left with a feeling of immense relaxation and you will feel ready for your Kambo treatment.


Tobacco snuff or Rapé is a sacred shamanic medicine or tool, that has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history. Rapé is the name for one of many of these snuffs, and it's foundation lies by numerous indiginous tribes in Acre, Brazil. Curiously, Rapé administered (blown) into the nostrils with a special blowpipe called "Kuripe" (self administration) or "Tepi" (another person administers). This "blow" is quite forceful and not specifically pleasant.

A typical Rapé ceremony involves a mutual administration by two persons. The Rapé is blown high up into the nostrils with a pipe made from bamboo or bone.

The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. 


If you are an inexperienced Rapé user, it is easier to receive your first experience with the use of the Tepi, and an experienced user as the giver. The first blow should quickly be followed by the second blow in the other nostril. This can be challenging for an inexperienced user, given that the first blow can be totally overwhelming. Still, it is important to continue with the second blow as soon as possible, to harmonize the energies of both nostrils and hemispheres.


Furthermore, this helps releasing emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind. Likewise, shamans use Rapé to re-align with their energy channels and with their higher self, and to intensify their connection with the world and the universe. 


In addition, Rapé paves the way for detoxifying the body and cleans out all excess mucus, toxins, and bacteria, thereby, assisting in fighting colds and snuffles. Moreover, Rapé stimulates the mind with its nicotinic content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition. Interestingly, their are many rumors that Rapé could decalcify the pineal gland, which is involved in melatonin secretion, circadian time perception, and drug metabolism. Calcification of the pineal gland has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, and fluoride exposure, which further stresses the importance of a healthy pineal gland.

 “ I give Rapé during a Kambo ceremony the intention is to aid the client to release their blockages and to facilitate purging.

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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