Kambo - Ancient Amazonian Frog Medicine

Kambo, a secretion from the Giant Amazonian Tree Frog, is a celebrated medicine of the rain forest used by many tribes. It is placed onto the skin via multiple burn marks and left on the treatment site for the duration of the ritual, for typically less than an hour. It permits immediate and radical detoxification and cleansing.

Unlike many of its comparable Divine counterparts, such as Ayahuasca and San Pedro, Kambo usually does not acquaint with hallucinations; rather it is a more grounding, earthbound release.

Catering to those looking for a physical and/or energetic body recalibration, Kambo is a shamanic tool that is used to pull out of you whatever is no longer serving. Following is an account from a Kambo ritual:

As your heartbeat picks up, your throat becomes overcome with cotton mouth. Your pores open, knowing they are the first doorway for the purge to pour through. Then, you realize the burns on your arm are pulsating with the activated Kambo medicine and perhaps even your breath is syncing with the shaman’s drum as you concentrate on not concentrating. Within moments of becoming present, the frog spirit takes ahold of your organs and wrings them out to the point of exhaustion. Soon, the two liters of water you drank prior to ceremony is in your purge bucket. Icaros, (enchanting songs holding vibrational power similar to Sanskrit) activate and aid in navigation as you muster the power to will out more substances that seem and are, foreign to your body, both energetic and/or bright neon bile. “This is extreme” are the only words that echo from the space.

And yes, it is extreme. The journey down the rabbit hole to the other side left Alice a little shaken up, as will opening pandora’s box for you. When seeking truth, understanding and healing, you are confronted with infinite ‘work’ yet quickly matched with these rewards. Know that most people are initially drawn to the shamanic kingdom of plants and spirits for physical healing, as western medicine has failed them or presented answers that do not resonate. The wonder and intentional exploration for the growth of the soul typically comes later, and in time, a desire to pierce the veil that leads to fifth dimensional living.

Amazonian tribes primarily use Kambo to create hunting magic (essentially sharper focus), treat Panema, and ward off illness. Panema, an indigenous name for dark or negative energy, parallels with a modern day association of clearing addictive patterning, laziness and depression. Both anciently and today, uses of Kambo include treatment of infections, fertility problems, cleansing, strengthening the mind, building immunity in the body, to increase energy, detoxification and pain relief.

From experience in both training and my practice, I attribute frog medicine to multiple success stories for STD release, in particular Herpes II and HPV and liberation of womb trauma, ranging from recalibrating a woman’s moon calendar, triggering menstruation when dormant or irregular, to cleaning space for blooming fertility. Additionally, the unraveling of alcoholism, eating disorders and complacency have positive results credited to the mysticism of the frog spirit, empowering one with a new sense of self, as the auric field and chakra centers recalibrate. On a more scientific note, the magic frog aka Phllomedusa Bicolor, contains dozens of antimicrobial peptides, of which are proven to be effective against drug resistant strains of bacteria and viruses.

Furthermore, bioactive peptides, which trigger specific chemical reactions in the body, work to change your neurochemistry. This, accompanied with neuroplasticity (reconditioning of the mind), empowers a new and healthier You!

With all of this, it is important to note that Shamanic practices encourage alignment on all levels and require more than just a medicine to heal. As Hippocrates said, “Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up what is making him sick.” As intuitive healers, we help you identify how to heal yourself and offer the tools to exponentiate the process. From you, it is requested patience, diligence and belief in yourself.


Meaghan Richmond, Medicine Carrier and Master Reiki Teacher and Practitioner serves as a bridge to other realms; her passion is cultivating connection. Focusing on building tribe and understanding mysticism, she studies with shamans and high priestesses in Peru, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. Journeying to holistic health began with a near death experience/flight-for-life in 2015. She attributes her healing to plant medicine guidance. For more information on Kambo, contact your local Medicine Carrier, Meaghan Richmond through her website megrichmond.com.