Kambo 'Frog Medicine' in Ecuador
Kambo is the venomous secretion of the giant leaf or monkey frog, a bright green tree frog native to the Amazon basin. It can be found in the rainforest regions of Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and parts of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Guianas.
Kambo s therapeutic applications, both medical and psycho-spiritual, kambo is widely sought out to revitalize body and mind.
It’s supposedly named for the legendary pajé (or medicine man) Kampu. This shaman is said to have learned about the medicine from a forest spirit, having exhausted all other means to heal his tribe.
According to the Kaxinawá, the spirit of Kampu lives on in the giant monkey frog, continuing to heal any who seek it.
Whatever the mythical origin, kambo has long been used by indigenous groups, including the Maya, whose art depicted tree frogs next to mushrooms. Traditional uses include eliminating toxins, increasing strength and stamina, and dispersing negative energy.