When molecular biologists analyzed the chemical makeup of Pyhllomedusa Bicolor's venom, they found that it contained new peptides with beneficial effects on the human body, such as 'treatment of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, depression, migraines, blood circulation problems, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, skin and eyes issues, fertility problems in women and men, AID’s, hepatitis, cancer, etcetera'. These peptides have been found to bind with receptor sites in the brain while triggering chemical reactions in the human body. There are dozens of peptides found in Kambo and of those, 7% are bioactive.
Below are seven bioactive peptides that have a potent effect on the gastrointestinal muscles, gastric and pancreatic secretions, blood circulation, and on the stimulation of the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland within the human body.
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Phyllocaerulein : A neuropeptide that stimulates the adrenal cortex and the pituitary gland. Phyllocaerulein causes a fall in blood pressure, tachycardia and has a potent action on the gastrointestinal system by contracting smooth muscles and stimulates gastric, biliary and pancreatic secretions.
Phyllomedusin : A neuropeptide which strongly affects the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines and bowels. A strong vasodilator and contributes to the sensations of "rushing or pounding" one feels as the secretion is absorbed.
Phyllolitorin/Rohdei-Litorin : Neuropeptides that are from the Bombesins Family and are active in the central and peripheral nervous system. These stimulate gastric secretion and smooth muscle contractions.
Dermorphin & Deltorphin : Heptapeptides with potent opiate-like activity on mu-type opioid receptors, which have potent analgesic and depressive effects. These are small peptides composed of 7 amino acids and are 4000 times more potent than morphine and 40 times more potent than the endogenous endorphins.
Phyllokinin : A potent blood vessel dilators that also increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.
Adenoregulin (Dermaseptin B2) : These substances are found to have an anti-bacterial effect and prevent the growth of tumors.
Dermaseptin : Potent antimicrobial activity against bacteria, yeast, fungi, protozoa and enveloped viruses.
This is not an exhaustive list of all current research about Kambo. For more information about Kambo and other organizations supporting the protection of the Amazon and its people, please visit the links below
In no way can the information above fully explain the years of study and research modern science has invested in Phyllomedusa Bicolor, and still, the research is nowhere near being finished. Although Kambo has been practiced for thousands of years, we as people of modern culture do not know the potential negative long term effects of Kambo and our bodies. Please note that Kambo is not a medical treatment and one should consult their health care provider in regards to their health plan. Kambo is a shamanic ritual and ceremony from the Amazon Rainforest and is not a medical treatment. It is highly recommended that all participants do their own research in regards to the potential risks and benefits of taking Kambo. As with all forms of healing and medicine (herbal or pharmaceutical) each must be taken with respect, self-awareness and with a trusted practitioner. IAKP practitioners do not diagnose, treat or cure physical or mental health concerns, offer health advice or prescribe medicines in any form.