Camalonga ~

Thevetia peruviana

Common Names in the Amazon

Peru: Camalonga blanca (Thevetia peruviana)

Colombia: Camalonga negro (Strychnos sp.)

Principal active biochemicals are the cardiac glycosides thevetin, thevetoxin, perufoside, ruvoside, and nerifolin.

These are found throughout the plant but are most concentrated in the seeds. .

General Comments: Uses and Preparation
Camalonga is the Peruvian name for Yellow Oleander (Thevetia peruviana). An infusion containing Camalonga is commonly used along with Ayahuasca by Amazonian shamans in Ayahuasca ceremonies. Seeds identified as “macho” and “hembra” (male and female) are placed in a bottle of
aguardiente (distilled sugar cane juice) along with camphor, garlic, and white onion. The resulting extraction is used externally as a pre-ceremonial ointment for protection, and an ounce or so is often drank immediately following the Ayahuasca drink. Camalonga has a most disagreeable taste requiring considerable will to drink it.

Camalonga has a moderate threshold of toxicity and should only be taken in the course of a shamanic diet (dieta) guided by an experienced maestro of Amazonian traditional medicine.



Schultes, R.E. and R. A. Raffauf. 1995. The Healing Forest: Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Dioscorides Press. Hong Kong.

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