the vaccine of the jungle

Kambo, Sapo or Acate are just a few of the names used to describe this ancient healing treatment utilized by various indigenous tribes of the Amazon, including the Matzés in Perú.


The local tribesmen and women traditionally use it for:

  • Building immunity + physical strength

  • Deep cleansing + healing of the body 

  • Increasing motivation + stamina

  • Spiritual + mental clarity

  • Luck + zest of life


As more and more people are choosing to engage with the healing benefits of Kambo, knowledge about this powerful personal transformation is growing. Kambo is utilized in the western world to assist a person's natural healing capabilities from common ailments such as:

  • PTSD + trauma

  • depression + anxiety

  • viruses

  • parasites

  • infections

  • chronic illness

  • high inflammation 

  • bacterial overgrowth

  • hormonal imbalance

  • common mood "disorders"

  • substance dependency

  • adrenal fatigue + burnout

  • overstimulated nervous system

  • auto immune disease

benefits Of Kambo



Kambo detoxes the body, strengthens the immune system and activates self-healing within the body. It is a natural antiviral and antifungal. Not only does it support the healing of viruses within the body it also acts as a natural vaccine to prevent viruses.

Studies show that some peptides in the Kambo can be very effective in dealing with Alzheimer, Parkinsons Disease, infertility, hepatitis, cancer, AIDS and other serious conditions. Although there is no doubt of the wide range of uses of Kambo, it is necessary to find the right complimentary treatments.  food medicines, and personal lifestyle shifts which are specific and individual to each person and condition. 

We have seen Kambo help many people with a variety of conditions including allergies, skin diseases, asthma, rheumatism and joint disorders, chronic pain and infections, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, epilepsy, depression, post chemotherapy fatigue, disease prevention and many more. 



The tribesmen of the Amazon use this medicine to clear themselves from "paneme“ (bad luck or dense energy). Kambo is a cleansing agent for it and after the treatment most people feel a strong optimism and clearness of the mind. They may feel recharged in strength and stamina and capable to achieve their goals. It is said that everything flows a bit better in the life after taking Kambo, because externally we always attract the thing that is going on internally.  

The Matses-tribesmen use Kambo for more luck when hunting in order to catch a big animal. In the Western culture we can use kambo to improve our everyday lives such as finding a job and being more successful in it, which could correspond to archaic desires of being the best hunter.  


If the impression has arisen by now that Kambo can cure anything, one still has to consider that every human being is unique. The outcome of the treatments can vary in their effects as well as in the amount of time it may take to feel those effects. Everybody is different and so every session can be a bit different because Kambo works on many levels and is unique in its translation. 

It is very important to not compare Kambo with conventional medicines. In our opinion to gain true long term benefits of healing, one often has to make healthy lifestyle changes in addition to the treatment. It is not truly  beneficial to take Kambo and continue an unhealthy lifestyle because the problem that has been treated would most likely present itself again.   


Certified Kambo Practitioner

200 hr training

Oct 2018. Kambo Naturista. Iquitos Peru.



Thank you for holding secure space during such a vulnerable time. I felt very safe to let myself be fully emersed in the medicine.


Truly transformative. You have such a mighty heart to serve our people in this way and share the magic of this beautiful medicine!


She was kind and well versed in her practice. She carries the blessing of the Mother herself to provide this medicine.

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Rinse your body from environmental toxins

1 private Kambô ceremony

Organic Living Greens

Probiotic + Prebiotic



Reclaim your body with enhanced

cellular regeneration


1 private Kambô ceremony

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Probiotic + Prebiotic

30 Day Plant Medicine Dietà



Reclaim your being from deep trauma

and chronic symptoms

3 private Kambô ceremonies


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30 Day Plant Medicine Dietà

3 Day All Inclusive Retreat

Private Coaching with Nova


booking inquiries

Private, couples, and small group ceremonies are offered in the Portland/Vancouver area. To inquire about receiving Kambo please share your previous experience, if any, and your intentions for healing. I'll be in touch shortly, blessed be.



2 weeks prior:

  • Contact Nova for an Intention Setting Call

  • Stick to a plant based diet

  • Eliminate dairy + meat not clearly listed "hormone free" and "antibiotic free"

  • Avoid deep fried, spicy food, processed foods, and unnatural sugars

  • Renounce alcohol and drugs

To receive the most benefit out of your cleansing experience, contact Nova for affordable organic meal plan recommendations that she personally uses to prepare her body properly for Kambo.


1 week prior:

  • Tune in deeper with your intentions for releasing and for receiving 

  • Write, journal, sing, dance, play

  • Reduce sexual contact with partners not 111% safe + honoring of you

  • Begin speaking more lovingly to your body with compassion + trust

  • Confirm your ceremony day and time with Nova and keep the rest of the day open for rest and integration, it is advisable to not make any other plans

1 day prior:

  • Do not consume any solid or liquid food for 8 hours before the treatment and drink only water or plain decaf tea

  • Prepare comfortable clothes that make it easy to access the area you wish to receive your Kambo

  • Plan for a full nights rest and plenty of time to prepare in the morning so you're not feeling rushed

  • Try some yoga the night before and the morning of your ceremony

Ceremony day:

  • Prepare 2 gallons of purified water, fluoride free, spring or alkaline is best

  • Choose a cup or glass that is easy to drink from and not too large or heavy

  • Please be sure your bathroom is stocked with extra toilet paper

1 day after:

  • Eat light and fresh whole foods, vegan, lots of fruits and veggies too

  • Avoid dairy and meat or it could make you feel very sick

  • Avoid deep fried, spicy food, processed foods or you could feel very sick

  • If you feel called, please write or record a review about how you feel now

2 weeks+ after:

  • Stick to a plant based diet

  • Avoid dairy + meat not clearly listed "hormone free" and "antibiotic free"

  • Avoid deep fried, spicy food, processed foods, and unnatural sugars

  • Renounce alcohol and drugs

  • Tune in deeper with your intentions for releasing and for receiving 

  • Write, journal, sing, dance, play

  • Avoid sexual contact with partners not 111% safe + honoring of you

  • Continue speaking more lovingly to your body with compassion + trust


If you are working through addiction please contact Nova for specialized support

Kambo can be dangerous if street drugs or heavy alcohol is utilized regularly so please trust your practitioner and share everything with them about your past habits and recent habits so they may support you safely.



The effects will be noticeable shortly after the secretion is applied onto the burned area (usually after 1- 2 min). Rarely it might take a longer time, or the dose might have to be adjusted. The Kambo medicine goes straight into the lymphatic system and from there into the bloodstream.  

In most cases, the first effect is that the blood flushes up into the head. This will be perceived as heat in the facial area and the rest of the body. Sometimes this can be accompanied by a fastening of the heart beat, very often followed by nausea and vomiting. Usually the water you drank before comes first, followed by a variety of slimy, milky, yellow, orange, green, dark green, brown or sometimes even black liquids and bile. There is also a need to defecate quite often. There will be often a swelling in the facial area and the neck region. The intensity of these swellings can vary, but in most cases it will subside relatively fast. 

Eye discharge, chills, cramps, dizziness, numbness in the hands and physical weakness can occur symptomatically. In some cases someone might feel a need to scream or cry in order to release emotional and energetic blockages. The symptoms might vary in quality and quantity depending on the individual, the area the medicine will work on and the dose.  

Usually the most intense part of the treatment will only take between 10 - 30 minutes and in very few cases it might take a bit longer or a bit shorter.  


The effects of Kambo always differs depending on the person and intervals of treatment.  Even though the effects of Kambo could sound unpredictable, it is best to keep in mind that Kambo is a very intelligent medicine and will always do what  is necessary for the recipient.  


side Effects


When taken with a trained and trustworthy practitioner, Kambo is very safe. Positive effects usually set in after a great session, lots of hydration, and an early night's sleep. That next morning after Kambo most people immediately feel the benefits of increased energy flow and cognitive clarity. These energetic sensory enhancements can grow with you for as long as two weeks after the session or more if you eat a plant based diet and stay well hydrated.

In some cases the immune system may first drop down temporarily and the cleansing process may continue for a couple of days before one would experience the beneficial feelings of the medicine. This may happen after a very intense cleanse or when there is a more serious illness to heal.   

In very rare cases, especially when one tries to move quickly or stand up fast, the person may faint during the experience and this is why it is necessary to work with an experienced, trained practitioner. A responsible practitioner will provide a safe space for the treatment to facilitate the greatest possible healing for the recipient.



Is Kambo psychoactive? 

Some people are under the false impression that Kambo is a psychoactive substance because there is some wrong information in the internet about this. Sometimes the Kambo frog is confused with "bufo alvarius“ toad also called sapito. 

Kambo contains no psychoactive components that could trigger visions whatsoever. Instead it is a very physical experience. Interestingly enough, sometimes the person receiving the treatment feels connected to the frog mentally. Through this connection, you get insights about things you should do differently or let go of all together in order to have a better life. Sometimes even memories from childhood that have been buried deep inside may emerge. 

Is Kambo addictive? 

Everybody that has ever used Kambo knows that it is anything other than that. To the contrary, Kambo can help people with substance-addictions like alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Kambo itself is non-addictive - to be exact, it is quite the opposite of that. 


Is Kambo dangerous? 

If it is used in the right way, Kambo is very secure. Nevertheless it is important to be aware that this is a very potent secretion and one has to know how to work with it. Several factors have to be regarded for a secure intake. Statistically speaking, many more people could suffer side effects from common medication, to use an argument often heard however this should not be an excuse to use it irresponsibly. 

The biggest danger could be when a treatment is done by someone that has no experience in this area – neither as a physician, natural healer or shaman. A white gown and a syringe does not turn every human into a doctor. Equally, a few feathers and a rattle does not make someone a shaman. You should always be mindful to be treated by someone who has experience in this field and this sort of treatment. 

It is best to be careful when taking Kambo with natives in the jungle as some of the local practitioners are not used to working with Westerners and it could happen that they misjudge the state of health of the person being treated. Some tribes traditionally do not use  Kambo when they are very weak or sick.


Is kambo suitable for everyone? 

No, Kambo is not suitable for everyone and that is why we do not suggest to take Kambo if one of the following conditions applies to you as there could be possibly some contraindications:

  • Very low blood pressure or when on medication for low blood pressure 

  • General heart problems 

  • Brain hemorrhage

  • Aneurysms or blood clots

  • Addison’s Disease

  • Esophageal varices

  • Pancreatitis

  • If you taking immune-suppressants for organ transplant

  • If you are recovering from a major surgical procedure 

  • If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy 

  • Pregnancy 

There could be a couple of other cases where it is not recommended to take Kambo, and it is therefore always good to talk beforehand with your practitioner and disclose your medical history, current symptoms, and current medications.

What about the frog?

The Kambo frog aka “Giant waxy monkey tree frog” lives in the trees and has not much to fear about natural enemies. You can hear the mating call he produces as soon as it gets dark, when imitating that sound he would respond to it, especially when raining and around the new moon, thereby it is easily to locate him. 

Often times one would need to climb  a high tree to get the frog. As the frogs do not try to escape, it is very easy to get them move on to a large wooden stick or branch from where they can be transported to the place where then the extraction will happen.

How is the poison extracted from the frog?

For that four wooden sticks are put into the ground shaping a small square. Then the frog gets tied with four separated strings by all of his extremities to the wooden sticks, suspending the animal in a way so that it does not move. To make the frog excrete the venom he needs to feel in danger, and one way to invoke this would be to knock repeatedly on his head, thereby annoying him to excrete a white, slimy secretion on his legs and the side of his body. This substance is scraped off with a small piece of wood and then transferred to another flat wooden stick, on which it later dries out and gets durable for a long time. The frog is not really hurt during this procedure – nevertheless, the whole act is also not comfortable for him. Once the extraction is done, the frog is released into freedom and his natural surroundings.

Are there any scientific studies on kambo?


The Kambo secretion based on human use was first researched and described by western scientists John Daly, Vittorio Erspamer and their team, published in 1992.  

Vittori Erspamer already published an article based on his studies of peptides in Phyllomedusa skin “a huge factory and store-house of active peptides” in 1985.  

Those bioactive peptides are also the reason why the pharma-industry is so interested in it, developing a new medication from one of the peptides could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and there are already several patents existing on some of the peptides.  

What are the bioactive peptides in kambo?

  • adenoregulins

  • bradykinins

  • tachykinins

  • caerulein

  • sauvagine

  • tryptophyllins

  • deltorphins

  • dermaseptins

  • dermorphins

  • phyllocaeruleın

  • bombesins



What is a bioactive peptide?




  1. (of a substance) having a biological effect.




  1. a compound consisting of two or more amino acids linked in a chain, the carboxyl group of each acid being joined to the amino group of the next by a bond.



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The content on this website is provided for educational purposes only and is in no way substitute for medical advice from a licensed doctor of naturopathy or otherwise. Use of Kambo is not stated to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kambo should always be administered by a trained practitioner who you deeply trust. Improper application or misunderstanding of contraindications for Kambo may pose unnecessary health risks.