Kambo is one of the strongest natural resources to boost our immune system.


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Personen die Kambo-therapie ondergaan bij Ommij Healing Centre.
Personen die een Kambo-behandeling ondergaan bij Ommij Healing Centre.

What is Kambo?

Kambo (also known as ‘sapo’ or ‘toad vaccine’) is a substance harvested from the toxic secretions of an Amazonian frog, the Phyllomedusa bicolor. Tribes in the Amazon have used this traditional frog medicine for hundreds of years for hunting, curing mental and physical complaints and removing negative energy – called ‘Panema’. Kambo offers many benefits, including gaining strength and maintaining physical and mental health.

Vittorio Erspamer (the discoverer of the neurotransmitter serotonin and twice nominated for the Nobel Prize) was the first person to analyse Kambo in a laboratory. He described it as “a fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications, unmatched by other amphibians”. Since Erspamer’s research, this medicine – which is purifying and stimulates the immune system – also became known outside the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain, mental illness and addiction.

Kambo is a strong medicine and should only be administered under the guidance of experienced practitioners. At OMMIJ, we guide and help you get the most benefits from your Kambo ceremony. We provide the right setting and help you set an intention for the ceremony and integrate the experience afterwards.

How does Kambo work?

In our Kambo ceremonies, we use a small incense stick to burn small dots in the top layer of skin. We carefully remove this seared skin. We then apply the Kambo medicine to the small burns. Once the medicine is applied, you feel the effects within seconds. This can be intense and sometimes uncomfortable, but it is normally over after about 20 to 60 minutes.

Usually, participants feel an increase in heart rate and increasing pressure in the head and body. As the medicine migrates through the body, participants may experience various things, such as swelling in the face and hands, dizziness, general physical discomfort and purging.

The experience is different for everyone. Sometimes participants report beautiful feelings such as calmness, euphoria and bliss. Eventually, participants report noticing many beneficial effects after the ceremony, such as increased strength, heightened sensory perceptions and a greater ability to face stressful situations.

Kambo in combination
with Ayahuasca

Many people use Kambo to prepare their body and mind for an Ayahuasca ceremony. After a Kambo ceremony, they feel more strength and calmness and experience heightened sensory perceptions. Participants say Kambo cleanses the body completely, so they can enjoy Ayahuasca without purging.

What Kambo cannot do is remove the root of our emotional and spiritual blockages. For this, we use Ayahuasca. If you combine both ceremonies you get a very effective and healing therapy for body, mind and spirit. If you want to participate in both ceremonies, it is ideal to perform the Kambo ceremony two hours before the Ayahuasca ceremony. This makes your body receptive and allows for an open encounter with Ayahuasca.

Note: Kambo ceremonies will be held only in Spain during our 3- and 5-day Ayahuasca retreats.

Health benefits of kambo

Kambo is one of the strongest natural resources to boost our immune system.

Positive effects on the body:

  • It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies.

  • It increases the production of platelets (thrombocytes) and erythrocytes (red blood cells).

  • It provides deep intestinal cleansing and facilitates digestion.

  • It lowers blood pressure.

  • It increases sensory perception.

  • It improves resistance and increases physical strength.

  • It improves the ability to cope with stressful situations.

  • It has an analgesic effect in people with renal colic and cancer.

Kambo can have a positive effect on the following physical and psychological illnesses:

Allergies | Alzheimer’s disease | Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) | Anxiety | Lack of drive | High blood pressure | Lyme disease | Burnout | Chronic pain | Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) | Depressed moods | Diabetes | Gastritis (stomach lining inflammation) | Skin and eye diseases | Hashimoto | Hepatitis | Migraines | Multiple sclerosis | Addictions

It is considered the strongest natural antibiotic and has antiviral properties, as well as analgesic substances such as dermorphin. Its secretions also have antibiotic properties

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For whom is
Kambo suitable?

Although Kambo has a reputation for being intense and uncomfortable. Many swear by its incredible benefits physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically and even spiritually.


  • If you want to detoxify your body and soul.
  • If you want to rid your body of toxins.
  • If you want to increase your awareness and focus.
  • If you want to become more resilient to stress and fatigue.
  • If you want to strengthen your immune system.
  • If you have high blood pressure.
  • If you suffer from a chronic illness.

For whom is
Kambo NOT suitable?

Kambo has no harmful side effects, yet there are some people who cannot tolerate it. In general, Kambo is NOT for you if you have or have had any of the following health problems:


  • Brain haemorrhage
  • Bypass surgery
  • Enlarged heart
  • Implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Severe heart disease
  • Excess fluid in the pericardium
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Organ transplant
  • Blood clots
  • Severe mental health problems
  • Seriously low blood pressure requiring medication
  • Kambo is also not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby under 1 year old
  • If you have diabetes, it is important to discuss your treatment in advance
Important: Before booking your ceremony, you should check OMMIJ’s “Medical and Safety Guidelines for the Intake of Ayahuasca and San Pedro (Huachuma)” There you will find a detailed list of contraindications and substances, medications, drugs, medical conditions to avoid with Ayahuasca and San Pedro.

Kambo ceremony

Kambo is one of the strongest natural resources to boost our immune system.

Before the Kambo ceremony, you should drink 1.5 litres of water. This helps you purify and keeps you hydrated. The Kambo ceremony starts with burning some small holes in the skin (usually on the arms in men and on the legs in women). We then prepare dried Kambo with water. We apply this to the fresh wounds. At first, Kambo is usually unpleasant because of increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting. This lasts for 30 to 60 minutes. The cleansing effect of Kambo starts within minutes of its application. Throughout the ceremony, you will be guided, supported and cared for by our experienced and loving facilitators.

In the days after the Kambo ceremony, participants often report that they have a clear mind, have cleared their emotional baggage, are less ill and have an increased sense of energy and well-being. Many people participate in a Kambo ceremony to remove negative energy from their lives and come out with a more positive energy and vision.

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