Mahalo Kambo for being present with us. Your strength, sensitivity, awareness, grace, boldness, and peacefullness are an inspiration. Thank you for connecting us to the earth mother with your guidance Thank you for empowering our adaptation with your medicine. Thank you for helping us to release and cleanse and for clearing the way to our highest destiny.
Kambo comes from a miraculous frog in the jungle with a secretion which is gathered and distributed by tribal peoples of the Amazon such as the Yawanawa in Brazil and the Matses in Peru. The tribes revere Kambo as a powerful ancestor and respectfully gather the venom. Kambo, the Waxy monkey tree frog, is also known as Phyllomedusa Bicolor. There are other Phyllomedusa species which are occasionally used for medicine as well. Kambo has a waxy coating on the skin, allowing extended time away from water in the upper jungle canopy. Kambo venom is rubbed from the skin without harming the frog and is dried and stored for later use.
Kambo is a deeply effective physical, mental and spiritual medicine which both carries a protective spirit as well as an amazingly rich medicinal biochemistry. The biopeptides in kambo have many synergistic effects which assist the process of adaptation. Kambo is very potent in the physical and subtle bodies and raises the kundalini while balancing the nadis and opening the chakras. Many have found a refreshed artistic inspiration with this medicine's sense enhancing qualities.
A childlike joy can arise out of the lush visceral experience of life after kambo.
Kambo is also known as doctorcito (little doctor) and can be connected with directly in subtle realms. Many experience the energetic presence of Kambo remaining in the space where kambo ceremony is held. This can be especially strong in spaces that hold circle on the full moon. This frog medicine is powerfully connected to our waters and seems to well up inside oneself as the moon expands. Many also experience Kambo subtly entering their system before it is physically administered.
The venom is said to be the strongest natural antibiotic ever discovered and a very powerful analgesic, helping to clear addictions especially with opiates, creating a peaceful alert state, enhancing the senses, quickening the reflexes, strengthening the immune system, lowering inflammation, increasing fertility and with multiple applications, prevention for a wide range of conditions.
. My friend from Brazil described receiving kambo applications from childhood up into adulthood without ever getting sick. He then left the jungle for the city and had an illness for the first time in his life after stopping the use of kambo.
An alpha predator living in the most bio-diverse part of the world, Kambo has an incredible pallete of ingredients to transmute into its medicine. In fact, when Kambo was brought to france for breeding inside of a greenhouse, there was found to be no activity in its venom. Kambo needs the jungle in order to work this high alchemy. How appropriate for the master of waters to be extracting this earth medicine! Kambo distills the essence of patchamama into a form which can sink into the deepest layers of our being.
Kambo in Ayurveda - Dosas
Kambo holds the power of "visa" (poison) which penetrates the body unobstructed, reaching all of the tissues, organ systems, glands and sheaths of the body.
"Visada" is a phrase for sadness in Sanskrit. With Kambo, we see a process of the visa (venom) clearing the vissada (sadness). In the Amazon this is described as the clearing of stuck energy, sadness, bad luck, lethargy or heaviness all known as "Panema". These are also all characteristics of Tamas (inertia, toxicity and density), which is also decreased by Kambo. Kambo clears ama (toxic buildup) from the body which can help the body to cleanse itself on deeper levels..
The cleansing qualities of Kambo access the primary sites of accumulation for both Pitta and Kapha directly.
Kapha (earth and water) primarily accumulates in the stomach and lungs and is present as phlegm and saliva. Typically this is cleansed in the initial vomiting of a kambo purge which is more clear or white in color. Clearing the kapha accumulation allows for its balanced functioning which promotes the healthy growth and lubrication of tissues and organs. This is especially seen in the nervous system, saliva, lungs, stomach and joints which are supported by kapha. These represent the five primary forms of kapha and act as containers for various levels of reality in the physical and subtle bodies (koshas).
Kledaka kapha (of the stomach ) is a container for our food which feeds our physical body, the annamaya kosha. Avalumboka kapha (of the lungs) is a container for our prana, which feeds our pranic body, the pranamaya kosha. Bodaka kapha (of the saliva) is a container for our sense impression of taste which is one of senses feeding our mental emotional body, the manomaya kosha. Tarpaka kapha (of the nervous tissue) is a container for the awareness of our reflexes and higher discrimination which feeds our intellect body, the vijnanamaya kosha. Sleshaka Kapha (of the joints) is a container for gravity and for the minor chakras. This form of kapha allows for spontaneous posture flow and authentic movement, feeding our bliss body, the anandamaya kosha.
In a vomiting purge we can directly see Kambo's effect on the first three of the forms of kapha, releasing the stomach contents, phlegm from the lungs and saliva. Kambo effects the nervous tissue and reflexes with biopeptides that make us both more relaxed and more responsive. This is also a result of the greater electrical conductivity in a clean system after clearing the channels and bodies. This cleansing of ama removes toxicity from the tissues which strengthens the joints. Healthy cleansed kapha dosha then enables proper lubrication of the joints to occur. Proper saturation and dispersion of food in the stomach, proper lubricated elasticity and compressive strength in the lungs, and juicy salivation are all supported by healthy kapha dosha. Increased salivation has been linked to the access of alpha, delta and theta brainwave states. The salivation of kapha connects us to deep meditations and a sense of union.
Ayurvedic Alchemical medicine reflects this as it is often called Rasa medicine or taste medicine. Rasa is also the name for pleasure, which is a major cause of the grasping and aversion of the mental emotional body. This pleasure of kapha is like the sweetness of venus. The sanskrit name for venus, "shukra", also means sugar. We can experience a more profound inner sweetness in meditation when we are able to taste our inner amrita or nectar. This takes us beyond the dual mind state into an experience of the bliss body.
Healthy kapha brings us to a peaceful sattvic state and gives us great determination and a great memory. These factors all help in the all important practice of responsible eating. Kapha is greatly enhanced by proper food combining and needs the therapeutic use of taste for elemental balance and digestive strength.
Pitta (fire and air) primarily accumulates in the small intestine and is present as bile in the liver and gallbladder. Bile can be cleared in the vomiting purge of a kambo cleanse, often appearing yellow or green. This movement of bile can intensely burn on the way out and sometimes even moves out through the nostrils! Preparing with the use of a nasal oil to protect the sinuses and sesame oil pulling to protect the teeth can make this an easier experience. Kambo often cleanses through the bowels as well, and this kind of purge is also used in ayurvedic practice to cleanse fire and bile from the body. This cleansing can be very deep for pitta, refining the internal fires to burn very clean, like a ghee lamp that burns with no smoke. After this happens the pancreas doesn't have to work as hard, the blood sugar can be more balanced, digestion is efficient, and there is less billiousness making a more peaceful (sattvic) disposition.
Pitta (fire) has 5 primary forms in the body. The mental fire, Sadhaka pitta is used to digest our sensory impressions, emotions and thoughts. The fire of our eyes, alochaka pitta is used to digest and assimilate the light entering our eyes which also purifies our blood. All of the blood in the body is pumped through the eyes every 8 minutes in the average person. So the fire of the eyes is used to purify the fire of our blood! The fire of the blood, ranjaka pitta, is used to digest the contents of the blood such as sugar, or microbes or medicines which are absorbed directly in the blood such as kambo or other medicines taken sublingually. This fire of the blood is governed by the liver, gallbladder and spleen. The fire of the skin, bhrajaka pitta, is used to digest that which is applied to the skin. This fire of the skin also governs it's temperature and lustre. The fire of the stomach and small intestine is called pachaka pitta and it is used to digest food.
Kambo effects all the five forms of pitta. The mental pitta (sadhaka) is made to be more peaceful and obstructions to full awareness are eliminated. The pitta of the eyes (alochaka) is made more receptive with reports of heightened visual acuity and faster refocusing upon moving objects. The pitta of the skin (bhrajaka) is used to absorb the kambo after it is applied and many then experience a warming followed by a cooling of the skin. Many experience enhanced lustre of the skin after receiving kambo, especially after a full vaccination. The pitta of the stomach and small intestine (pachaka) is cleansed by the kambo whether through emetic vomiting or purgation through the bowels. The anti parasitic quality of the medicine helps to clear the GI tract of entities which bring toxicity to all of the tissues. This can greatly assist the internal fire to burn bright and clean. The pitta of the blood (ranjaka) is cleansed by Kambo as it increases circulation.
Kambo brings movement into the 5 forms of vata, also know as the five pranas or winds. The wind or vata that moves inward is called prana. This channel is called Pranavaha srotas in ayurveda. Kambo clears kapha from the stomach and clears the respiratory tract and allows for greater pranic absorption into the heart center. The nostrīls also absorb prana in this channel and this can be profoundly effected by the amazonian tobacco snuff called rappe.
The wind that moves downward is called apana. This prana allows us to cleanse and release and controls the bowels. This organ system is called the Purishavaha Srotas and kambo activates it, often bringing a purgative bowel movement as its prīmary cleanse. The form of prana that spirals and balances is called samana. This prana harmonizes the solar plexes and the digestion, metabolism, hydration and blood sugar levels. Kambo cleanses and balances the juices in the stomach and the bile in the small intestine . It also has been said to lessen hunger. Kambo brings a peaceful disposition through its neurotonic properties. Kambo increases the function of Samana prana in all of these actions.
The form of prana that moves upwards is called udana and is present in the exhale of our respiratory system, the pranavaha srotas. This prana allows us to vocalize our intentions and prayers and send them up through our astral bodies to the celestial source. Vedically this is seen in the chanting of the gayatri mantra to the sun. This prana also creates the ability to vomit, cleansing our system with it's upward moving power. Kambo activates udana prana for healing. For some, Kambo has been found to have positive effects on the singing voice, both refining articulation and increasing tonal sensitivity.
The form of prana that expands and radiates outwards is called vyana. This form of prana has similarities to air or water in its spreading movement. Vyana allows one to experience union with all that is in the surroundings as the energy body spreads out. Many experience this as a merging of consciousness that creates a unified electromagnetic field. Meditating on this field helps to calm the local environment and all who are in it. This has been proven in the Transcendental Meditation Movement's research on the regional effects of group meditation.
Kambo clears and strengthens our chakras and electromagnetic field. The sensory enhancement of Kambo brings a sense of bliss which spreads from the heart. The relaxation of the nervous system that Kambo offers helps in the expansion of energy. Kambo also brings greater awareness of the body, helping our consciousness to spread inward.
All of this doshic healing creates great stability in all of the bodies. Kambo helps us to achieve healthy balance that creates a powerful platform for our evolution to unfold. The Sattvic temperment that is often found with Kambo brings us to a state of sat - chit - ananda, combined being, consciousness and bliss. Kambo helps us to acquire true knowledge, vidya. This true knowledge is simply the full realization of our unified state of being. May we all know the light of our infinite nature and may Kambo continue to assist in this vision!
Namaste Sebastian Hansen
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