The IAKP gets Kambo from the Matses tribe based in Peru. The Matses have great reverence for the frog and treat it with the utmost respect. They believe if the frogs are harmed in any way, that it will create bad energy. The Matses tribal shamans go to the frogs shortly after dawn and sing to them, enticing them to come down from the trees (they are nocturnal and arboreal) and come into the shaman’s hands. The shamans take only the first secretion that comes off of the frog’s back. This allows the frogs to remain with enough secretion to protect themselves once they are released. The gentle strings that the shamans use to tie the frog leave a white circle around the legs that takes 2-3 months to fade. These lines signify to other shamans that this frog’s secretion has been harvested recently, and to leave the frog alone (until those marks have faded) so the frog has the time to build back up its secretion to the levels needed for sustainable re-collection. IAKP purchases Kambo directly from the Matses. The IUCN endangered species database lists Phyllomedusa bicolor in the “Least Concern” category.

HOW AND WHERE IS KAMBO COLLECTED?

 

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