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Kambo is a traditional healing practice that originated in the Amazon rainforest. It involves the application of a secretion from the skin of the giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) to the skin of the person receiving the treatment. The secretion contains a number of bioactive compounds that have a variety of therapeutic effects.


Kambo has been used by the Matses, Kaxinawa, and Yawanawa tribes of the Amazon rainforest for a variety of purposes, including:

  • To cleanse the body of toxins

  • To boost the immune system

  • To relieve pain

  • To improve mood

  • To promote spiritual growth

Kambo is also believed to be helpful with a variety of other conditions, including:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Fertility

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Chronic pain

  • Cancer

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