According to the indigenous people of the Amazon, the Kambô frog is a spirit of the forest and it is to be treated with the utmost care and respect.
The Kambô I use is directly harvested by the Matses tribe. The Matses reside along the Upper Amazonian Javar River, an area where the Kambô frogs are plentiful. The frogs live high in the treetops where they gather to sing and announce the coming of the rains. The Matses locate them by singing and imitating their songs, the frogs then come down from the trees, they are passive and docile, and because they have no predators they do not react when picked up and handled.
They are gently and carefully tied by each leg with palia (straw) strips into an “x” shape. Their secretion is then gently scraped off and left to dry on small flat sticks. The frogs are then released and returned back to their original home unharmed. The palia straw leaves behind a small white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the same frog again until it has faded which takes at least 3 months.
The frogs are always treated with the utmost care and reverence, all the tribes have a deep respect and love for them, as they are considered teachers, healers and the carriers of sacred medicine.
Kambô collected this way is considered 100% ethically harvested. The funds the Matses raise from harvesting are shared among the 14 communities (approx. 3,200 Matses) residing within their extensive homeland.
*The IAKP, International Association of Kambô Practitioners, is a non-profit organization that is set up and working to promote and encourage the safe and responsible use of Kambô through training, research, and professional practice. They are committed to ensuring the sustainability of the tribes who own the knowledge of this ancient medicine and whom share it with us so generously.
The IAKP along with other key participants are currently working to provide the Matses tribe with better educational resources, and also teaching them sustainable farming techniques and bringing better health care to their remote villages. The lands of this tribe are located at the front lines of illegal logging and oil exploration.
To learn more about IAKP and how to get involved please go to: WWW.IAKP.ORG