What is Kambo?

Kambo is a secretion from a green tree frog, Phyllomedusa Bicolor, which lives in the upper areas of the Amazon Rainforest. It has no natural predators – even snakes spit it back out if they swallow them.

They are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela. The IUCN database lists them in the ‘Least Concern’ category in view of their wide distribution and large population.

Kambo is completely legal everywhere in the world. The only restriction that exists is in Brazil where it is forbidden to advertise or market Kambo in order to restrict biopiracy.
A Kaxinawá legend tells that the Indians of the tribe were very ill and their medicine man (Pajé) had done everything that was possible to cure them. Under the effect of sacred plant medicines, he entered the forest, were he received a visit from the Grandmother. She brought in her hands a frog, from which she took a white secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received the Pajé was able to cure his brothers. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu. After his death, his spirit lived on in the frog where it continued its mission to protect the health of those who defend the forest.

The Indians continue to use its secretion to stay active and healthy. The secretion became known as Kambo but in some tribes it is called Sapo, Kampu or Vacina da Floresta. Its usage spread and it is still used widely amongst indigenous people in the Amazon to this day although the rituals vary from tribe to tribe.


What is Kambo used for?

The use of Kambo differs amongst tribes but the main indigenous uses revolve around lifting Panema – an indigenous name for dark or negative energy and for Hunting Magic – they believe it their speed and energy during hunting and that it makes the hunter invisible by temporarily eliminating their human odour. There are many ways they use it medicinally too, including: malaria, snake bites, fevers, infections, fertility problems, to cleanse, detox and strengthen the mind and body, to increase energy and stamina and to reduce pain.
Kambo has been stated by some to be one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anaesthetic substances on the planet and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It also is said to detox the liver and the intestines, being a powerful cleanser. Immediate and short term effects often include enhanced mood, alertness, clarity, focus, energy and increased resistance to stress, tiredness, hunger and thirst. The mind becomes still, you feel lighter and things become easier to manage.

In the longer term, Kambo has been noticed to enhance the immune system, rousing the body’s defence systems to their natural functions so that any situations of existing health problems are improved. In spiritual terms, Kambo works in a mystical fashion as a light that opens the way, helping us to overcome obstacles and release blockages on an emotional level. It clears our energy field and realigns the chakras enabling us to break negative habits and think more naturally.

The Kambo Process

Kambo is intense but fast. The unpleasant effects are strong and immediate but over within 30 – 40 minutes. The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small dots. Then small points 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 not as deep as when you have a blister and the skin rubs off. There is no blood. The small dots of Kambo are applied to the points. The Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System so the effect is very fast. Most people experience a warm to hot flush on the upper body and face along with increased heart rate. 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 the body, scanning it for problems and then going directly to work on those areas.
Kambo is not psychoactive so does not produce hallucinations but many do receive insights and messages about living a healthier life. Then they will purge all the toxins out. This purging process works on a physical and emotional level. Within a short time – usually an hour or so, one will feel much better and can drink and eat normally. The burn marks will heal and fade with time but depending on the skin colour. The same points can be reused after approximately 3 months. After the dots of Kambo are removed, the points are dressed with dragon’s blood tree sap. This helps them to heal faster and ensures they stay free from infection until they scab naturally within a day or so.

Duration of the Kambo Experience

A typical Kambo ceremony lasts about 3-4 hours. The time spent in the peak of the cleansing and purgative process can be as short as a couple of minutes and as long as a couple of hours. Typically you are done with the purgative stage in about 2-15 minutes.

Kambo Medicine and More Healing Sessions

We offer a variety of Kambo sessions around the Gold Coast and beyond

What you might experience working with Kambo:

  • Let go of emotional blocks

  • Clear out physcial toxins

  • Gain more stamina and strength

  • Boost your immunity

  • Feel whole again

  • Let go of the past / toxic relationships

  • Alleviate stress

  • Strengthen your chakras

  • Boost your self esteem

  • Detox

  • Open your heart and connect to spirit (3rd eye activation)

  • Release ‘Panema’ (bad energy)

  • Gain a deeper connection with your True Self, Spirit and your Purpose

  • Resolve trauma and blocked emotions

  • Remove obstacles to reaching your life purpose

  • Increase physical well-being

  • Gain relief from pain, suffering and stuck energy

  • Gain grounding … and more

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Why do people take Kambo?

Scientific studies show that Phyllomedusa bicolor poison is made up of many peptides that are beneficial to the human body. Some of these peptides traverse the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the endocrine glands of the brain, resulting in an immune effect and a deep cleanse of the body. Kambo has been shown to have antibiotic properties and works to strengthen the immune system while physically destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Kambo is traditionally known to be anti inflammatory, to heal eyesight, and to alleviate pain. The specific peptides in Kambo and their effects are reported cover a wide range of potential  uses, such as: depression, blood circulation problems, organ diseases, cancer symptoms, fertility problems in women, skin conditions, low energy and more.

Kambo is Non-Hallucinogenic

Kambo is a very physical experience which involves a feeling of heat in the body usually followed by vomiting and sometimes evacuating from the intestines as the body purges toxins from the various organs. The mind is often made quite clear and focused and some say they receive specific messages. Kambo works mostly to purge the body of toxins and what is called “panema” or a heaviness, dullness of body and spirit. The experience with Kambo is very much like getting sick and the energetic and health benefits that many report usually come in the days and weeks that follow.

What is included in our Service?

  • Kambo, Rapé and Sananga

  • Healing Songs

  • Food and teas for after the ceremony

  • Love and Support from a Fully Qualified IAKP Practitioner

  • 3 Post-Kambo Integration Plans

  • 1 month Mind-Guidance healing process


Sananga is administered in the eyes (eye drops) and is also served at our Kambo sessions. It may help you to open up and get ready to work with Kambo. Sananga is said to help you gain more clarity and guidance in life and anecdotally have also been said to bring more good luck.


A ground tobacco medicine as a blow inside each nostril, it can help to ground you, open up your heart and often acts as a way to help you finish your release. It is most often a powerful and important part of your whole process on the day.

Contraindications (Who can’t take Kambo)

It is not recommended to give kambo to anyone with heart problems or anyone who has had bypass surgery. The reason for this is that the heart rate will increase for about 5 minutes and the heart must be healthy to accommodate this. Kambo is not recommended for pregnant women or women who are breast feeding, nor the elderly, people with Addison’s disease, anyone on chemotherapy, or with high blood pressure treated with medication, those with very low blood pressure, or the severely ill.

Kambo has no known detrimental side effects so when it is responsibly administered it is completely safe. There are very few people who cannot take it but this is not an exhaustive list so please let us know beforehand if you have, or have had health problems. Treatment cannot be given to those who are or have had:

  • Pregnant

  • Blood clots

  • Addison’s disease

  • Extremely low blood pressure that is controlled by medication

  • Stroke or Aneurysm or Bleeding in the brain

Are recovering from a major surgical procedure with internal stitches

Are undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or have done so within the last 4 weeks

Have epilepsy

Lack the mental capacity to make the decision to take Kambo

  • Serious Mental Health conditions (excluding, depression, PTSD and anxiety)

  • Have had organ transplant surgery

  • Under 18

  • In the Middle of, or have been fasting for more than 3 days

  • Serious heart conditions including pacemaker, valve disease, bypass surgery and enlarged heart

Have certain types of EDS

Are pregnant or maybe so or are breast-feeding a child under 6 months old

Any previous oesophagus bleeding or rupture


Kambo Session $200 including rapé, sananga and food after kambo

Kambo 3 Session Pack $500 (Save $100) Perfect for those of you wanting to go deep and have the most effective cleansing with this medicine. Must be used within 3 months after first Kambo session.

One on One or private ceremonies Please contact me on jana@journeytotheinside.com.au for my availability.

Traveling to you / Hosting me for Kambo If you want me to travel to you and serve you Kambo at your home or you know of a number of people wanting to do this, you can contact me and enquire about the possibility of me travelling out to you to serve Kambo to your community/ friends/ family. Pricing varies depending on numbers of people booking for the sessions and the location.

Typically the ceremonies are held at the Gold Coast, but travelling to you can be done on request.

Other Notes

Please note that after your deposit payment is made, the amount paid is non-refundable. The amount paid for your session can be transferred to a future Kambo session date if a minimum of 3 days notice is given to us prior to your scheduled Kambo date. This allows us time to fill your spot. Thank-you for understanding.

If you happen to miss out on this opportunity, please email info@journeytotheinside.com.au so I can put you on the waiting list if a spot opens up or to organise another date for you.

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