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What is Kambo?

Kambo is the secretion from the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog, also known as the Phyllomedusa Bicolor. These frogs are native to the Amazon Jungle. Despite popular belief Kambo is NOT a poison, venom or toxin. In the Amazon Jungle it has traditionally been known as a medicine, but it must not be confused with the western definition of a medicine. Kambo is a collection of peptides, many of which our human bodies have receptors for. A peptide is a compound containing 2 or more aminoacids bonded together. During the Kambo process these peptides stimulate different parts of our biological system in a synergistic way that allows for purging and detoxification. So far 16 peptides have been isolated from Kambo.
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When done correctly the frogs are not harmed in any way when the Kambo is extracted from them. A deep relationship and bond is held between the frogs and the tribes who collect their excretion. The International Association of Kambo Practitioners works closely with the Matses tribe of Peru in order to ensure that the frogs are protected and the Kambo is harvested using sustainable methods. 

* Trina sources her Kambo from the Matses tribes. Proceeds from these sticks go back to the Matses to support their community and the continuation of safe practices with Kambo.

 
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The Kambo is collected and placed on a stick to dry. During a Kambo Ceremony the excretion is dampened with water and formed into small balls that will then be placed on the participants skin.                                                                                             
The Phyllomedusa Bicolor Frog is nocturnal and arboreal and due to the fact that it has no natural predators is found in abundance across the Upper Amazon rainforest areas of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela. The IUCN database continually lists them in the ‘Least Concern’ category in view of their wide distribution and large population. The only known threats to this species of frog at the moment are spawn predation and the potential destruction of their habitat.
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They are large frogs, the male bodies being between 9-10 cm and the females 11-12cm. The dorsum is a vibrant green and the belly a creamy white. They have dark spots on the chest, flank and legs. Reproduction occurs throughout the year, peaking between November and May. They construct hanging nests from folded leaves 1-3 metres above ponds and streams. The females deposit a gelatinous mass containing their eggs into these nests. Theirs is the largest spawn found amongst arboreal frogs of the Amazon. A single spawn contains on average 1000 eggs from which tadpoles emerge within 11-14 days. No one is 100% certain what the catalyst for producing the secretion is, but it is widely believed to be sequestered from their diet. This is why the frogs do not produce their secretion when they are removed from their natural environment.   (source: www.iakp.org)
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