A drug made from FROG POISON is being used as an alternative medicine
A drug made from FROG POISON is growing in popularity as an alternative medicine to treat anxiety and depression – but the side effects are extreme
- Kambo is used for anxiety, depression, treating fevers, and increasing fertility
- Can cause pain, dizziness, shaking, swelling, fainting and severe vomiting
- The drug is pulled from Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog
- Kambo originated from Amazon jungle and is considered a medicine not a drug
Toxins extracted from the skin of tree frogs and used as traditional medicine is taking Australia by storm.
Known as Kambo, the drug is being used to treat anxiety, depression, fevers and increasing fertility as well as other illnesses.
Small circular superficial burns are applied and then the Kambo is placed onto each wound.
Once applied, it causes pain, dizziness, shaking, swelling, fainting and severe vomiting from 20 minutes to an hour.
Toxins are extracted from a tree frog (pictured) and used for traditional medicine around Australia
The frog’s limbs are tied up (pictured) and a stick or bamboo is used to scrape the toxins off its back
Kambo is a non-psychoactive traditional amazonian medicine.
It is derived from the Giant Monkey Frog (Also called Giant Green Leaf Frog), or Phyllomedusa bicolour.
Originated from the Amazon jungle by several groups of indigenous South Americans.
It comes from the frog’s skin secretion.
The secretion is applied through superficial burns made into the skin.
Effects bring on nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, lite-headedness.
Source: International Association of Kambo Practitioners
‘Initially you get a hot flush through your body, and you can feel your heart pounding … after that your blood pressure drops and that’s when you start to feel really quite nauseous,’ practitioner Debbie Lanyon told SBS.
‘Once you’ve finished purging and you’ve gone through the recovery period, you feel amazing,’ Ms Lanyon said.
‘I do refer to it as a medicine … Kambo is a little bit of magic and it will work on whatever you need at that time.’
The drug is pulled from Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog, scientifically known as Phyllomedusa Bicolor.
The frog’s limbs are tied up and the toxins are harvested with a stick or bamboo used to scrape the toxins off its back.
The process occurs over several days before the frog is released.
Frogs can be found in the rainforest regions of northern Brazil, eastern Peru, southeastern Colombia, and parts of Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Guianas.
Kambo is used for anxiety, depression, treating fevers, and increasing fertility, as well as other illnesses (Pictured: Amazon tree frog)
In the Amazon, the extraction is not considered poison but rather a medicine.
On March 8 this year, Kambo practitioner Natasha Lechner, 39, died at a home in Mullumbimby, in NSW.
Detectives claim she went into cardiac arrest following a procedure involving the drug, ABC reported.
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