Frog poison 'natural therapy' linked to Aussie woman's death

A traditional Amazonian medicine is in the spotlight after a NSW practitioner went into cardiac arrest during the 'cleansing procedure'

A giant green monkey frog from the Amazon is suspended in the spread-eagle position, string tied carefully around each of its legs.

Green monkey frog
Toxic secretions from the skin of the Amazonian green monkey frog are placed on the skin to induce vomiting. Photo: Alamy

A stick is used to scrape the poisonous secretions from its skin, and the frog is released.

This secretion, known as kambo, is dried and mixed