Long before the advent of "modern medicine" indigenous tribes all over the world have been using "medicines" extracted from plants and animals in nature for thousands of years, yet somehow in our modern society we deem indigenous or natural medicines as alternative or unproven therapies when they were indeed the original medicines. In this episode, Lois and Will, along with special guest and Kambo practitioner Donell Wicklund, take on the topic of Kambo, which is a traditional Amazonian medicine that has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and spiritual purposes by indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest, primarily in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.
Kambo is made from the secretion of the giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) and is applied to the skin through small burns made by a healer. Kambo is claimed to have various benefits, such as reducing pain, improving immunity, and treating a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. In recent years, the use of Kambo has spread outside of indigenous communities and gained popularity in the West as an alternative medicine and spiritual practice. The use of Kambo is traditionally associated with hunting and is believed to provide increased strength, stamina, and sensory perception. It is also used for medicinal purposes to treat a variety of ailments, such as autoimmune disease, infections, inflammation, and pain. In addition, Kambo is used in spiritual ceremonies and is believed to help cleanse the body and promote spiritual growth.
Lois attributes Kambo as one of the primary components of her profound (and medically documented) healing from a 15+ year battle diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus when western medicine failed her. She is now going on 7 years pharmaceutical drugs and symptom free. They discuss the safety and effectiveness of this incredible medicine (which its legal in the United States) and best practices for finding a knowledgable practitioner, along with ways to ensure a safe and productive experience.
Kambo contains a number of bioactive peptides, which are small chains of amino acids that can have various effects on the body. Some of the peptides in Kambo are known to have analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Donell brings a unique scientific approach to working with this medicine so that we can continue to understand how the bioactive peptides contained in Kambo work. Overall, the exact mechanisms by which these bioactive peptides in Kambo work are not well understood, and more research is needed to fully understand their effects on the body.
Have you sat with Kambo? We'd love you hear about your experience.
MEET DONELL WICKLUND:
Donell has spent most of her adult life exploring health, physiology, and functional medicine is dedicated to understanding how the human can function more optimally through exploring practices, tools and natural healing resources. She is incredibly knowledgable in the area of psychedelics, psychology and human performance. Donell can be reached at 561-699-0132.
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