Kambô… the frog’s vaccine

Kambô (a secretion extracted from the frog phylomedusa bicolor) has been used in urban contexts as part of a therapeutic practice intended to prevent several sicknesses.
The Katukina are a people who make this specialized medicine. Gomes, a shaman who applies the ‘frog’s vaccine’ in individuals, stated that “kambô avoids panema [dirtiness, negative energy], protecting the person both physically and spiritually in the energetic field.”

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