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Kambo Sacred Frog Medicine

On Thursday, September 21, 2023, members of Biohackers Toronto enjoyed an informative presentation on Kambo Sacred Frog Medicine at the Inner Center.

The presentation covered:

  • What is Kambo and how does it work?
  • What does the latest research tell us about Kambo?
  • What are some safety concerns and contraindications? Who should not take Kambo?
  • How does a disconnected society create commercialized products from sacred ceremonies?
  • Future opportunities in medicine from ethno-pharmacology?
Akshay Chauhan Researcher

Akshay Chauhan is a Researcher, Biohacker, Visual Designer and Illustrator, podcaster and photographer. His medicine path began five years ago when he was able to regain mental clarity and eliminate a whole range of symptoms from pre-diabetes and alzheimer’s through holistic practices. He used intermittent fasting, ketosis, and LISS cardio, to lose 70 lbs in 6 months. After that, he completed his first 10km race and his first half marathon just 15 days apart. He subsequently took a deep-dive into many healing modalities, from modern peptides to plant medicines, plant dietas in the Amazon and then later he learned how to serve Kambo medicine. Akshay’s Kambo medicine Maestro is Jhony Java, Matsés Medicine man, with over 30 years of experience serving Kambo and other plant medicines in Iquitos, Perú.

Looking at some aspects of this sacred frog medicine from the Amazon

Akshay spent a year in Perú studying sacred jungle medicines with medicine people from different tribes in the Amazon. After doing multiple long isolation plant medicine retreats with a Shipibo medicine family, he travelled to another part of the Amazon rainforest to learn how to administer Kambo medicine. This medicine is a collection of peptides from the skin secretion of a Giant Monkey Tree frog (Phyllomedusa Bicolor).

Akshay’s path crossed with a medicine maestro from Matsés tribe, Jhony Java, who has been practicing sacred plant medicine ceremonies for over 30 years. His late friend and investigative journalist, Peter Gorman popularized Kambo in the ethnopharmacology and anthropology community through his book ‘Sapo in my Soul.’

In this talk, Akshay covered this medicine through the cross–section of felt experiences, physical effects and grounded research. Finally, the discussion around the difference in how indigenous medicine people connect to nature compared to commercialized marketplace practices was also addressed.


The information presented in this presentation is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. These are potent sacred medicines practices that need to be preserved, protected and analyzed in order to understand nature and ourselves.

Updated October 19, 2023