Ethically Harvested

Although Kambô frogs are difficult to find, they can be found in the trees, near the igarapés, know as waterways, when they sound their song announcing the rain. Traditionally they are harvested at dawn by the Shamans singing along with the frogs.  The frogs do not react when captured and are very docile when they are picked up, they act as if they have no predators. 
The technique for extracting the poison is simple, the frogs are gently tied by each leg, by a Palha strip, which is similar to straw in the shape of an “X” and spat on three to four times, as an irritation. Once the foamy secretion is released, only the first layer of the secretion is carefully scraped and put on small pieces of bamboo to dry. By only taking the first layer the frog is left with some protection should it be attacked. It is considered that this source is ethically harvested and sustainable because the frog can reproduce easily.

Release of Frogs

The secretion crystallizes quickly and can be used at any time. After harvesting of the Kambô, the frogs are released unharmed.  The Palha strips leave white rings around the frog’s legs that take about 3 months to fade, which lets the Indians know not to harvest from any frog that still has the white ring on its legs. The Indians believe harming of the frog could anger the animal spirits bringing negative consequences, and so they use the utmost care and respect when handling the frogs. 

Kambô harvested this way is considered 100% ethically.

Responsible and ethical sourcing and practice are fundamental to all our activities.

Kambofy only uses the freshest Kambô harvested in this manner, directly by the Matses tribe of Peru. This Kamo is sourced solely from the International Association of Kambô Practitioners, (IAKP) which is a non-profit organization working to ensure ethical, responsible and fair trade practice between tribal Kambô collectors, practitioners, and clients.

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.