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Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene in an Iquitos Market, Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Ivan Kashinsky

Medicine Hunter

Currently, global health care is in crisis, the natural environment is undergoing widespread devastation, and indigenous people and their knowledge are disappearing at a rapid rate. What can we do to help? At Medicine Hunter we focus on traditional plant-based medicines and their sustainable trade as a way to contribute to a better world. This work always involves a collaboration of talented people.


Chris Kilham's latest book, The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying, provides a practical guide to ayahuasca use, aiding seekers in making right—and safe—decisions about where to go, who to drink with, and what to expect.

“Finally, a well-researched and well-written book on that most powerful of all Amazonian plants! The best book on ayahuasca since Narby's The Cosmic Serpent.” - Mark Plotkin, ethnobotanist and author, Tales Of A Shaman’s Apprentice

Is Ayahuasca Right For You?

Read Christian Williams of UTNE Reader's review of Chris Kilham's latest book, The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying, a “backpack guide to the healing powers of the sacred Amazonian medicine,” and listen to the Listen to the “Chris Kilham on Ayahuasca” Abstract Notions Podcast.

Ayahuasca Can Help You Communicate with Plant Spirits, and Heal Your Body and Mind

Drink ayahuasca and you may see yourself being eaten by a crocodile. You may find a miraculous resolution to a crippling sadness. Or, more likely, you’ll land somewhere in between. Regardless, you will definitely throw up. Author and ethnobotanist Chris Kilham says all of these things have happened to him after drinking this psychoactive Amazonian brew.

Why Cranberries Are the Greatest North American Superfood

Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham and Dr. Oz discuss the anti-inflammatory and anti-aging healing properties of cranberries.

Here's What It Feels Like To Drink The Hallucinogenic Amazonian Brew Ayahuasca

Kilham describes what it's like to drink the bitter brew “ayahuasca” and describes how it can act as a spiritually healing substance when taken correctly in the proper environment.

The Quest for What May Be Nature's Most Potent Aphrodisiac

ABC TV Nightline sent reporter Gloria Riviera to Malaysia with Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham to explore the world of Tongkat Ali, a potent natural remedy backed by excellent science. Sometimes known as "nature's Viagra," Tongkat Ali is a powerful adaptogen and sex enhancer. On the trail, Chris and his team journeyed to markets, and to the Malaysian rainforest, to see the world of this remarkable plant.

Massachusetts Native and Professor Chris Kilham is The Medicine Hunter

At 61 years old, many people begin to ease toward retirement and the golf course. Not so for Massachusetts native Chris Kilham. Kilham, who just released a new book, travels the world looking for herbal remedies.

In the Jungle With Dr. Feelgood

Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene traveled with journalist Steve Hendricks and photographer Ivan from Outside Magazine in the Peruvian Amazon for this story.

About Chris Kilham
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. CNN calls Chris “The Indiana Jones of natural medicine.”

About Zoe Helene
Chris' wife, artist and environmental activist Zoe Helene, works and travels with Chris extensively.

Medicine Hunter
Medicine Hunter, Inc. is an integrated enterprise dedicated to expanding the field of natural, plant-based medicines.

The Dr. Oz Show
Chris Kilham is a regular guest on hugely popular The Dr. Oz Show. Appearances enable Chris to inform a large viewing audience about the field of safe, effective plant-based medicines. A champion of complementary medicine, Dr Oz plays a key role in the health care paradigm shift.

Fox News
Chris is the Fox News Medicine Hunter and appears online and in USA and international TV markets. This activity puts us in a position to play an influential role in advancing the conversation about medicinal plants, sustainability, and holistic health.

FOX News Column
Chris writes a weekly health column on FOX News Health as the Medicine Hunter. Alternative Health articles promote benefits of plant medicines, and informs readers about traditional use and scientific evidence. The site gets over one million unique visits daily.

Most Recent Media
Most recent media has mixed pieces on medicine hunting, psychedelics, mood-modifiers and energizers, with yet more super fruits, sustainable harvesting and more...

Greatest Hits Media
While all media is greatly appreciated and makes a difference in moving public opinion, some media hits are especially remarkable, big, or influential.

Press Room
If you are a media professional, you will find key information, news releases, related images and other media resources in this section.

Plant Medicines A-Z
This simply organized list offers educational informational about safe, effective plant medicines in alphabetical order. The search function also works.

Mind/Body/Spirit A-Z
Plants organized by health condition. For instance, if you are looking for natural solutions to help with "Pain," or "Sleep," or "Libido," you would find it on this page.

The role of the marketplace is vital, as trade can deliver healthful plant medicines, help to alleviate environmental damage, and enhance the prospect. We have temporarily closed this area of the site.

Featured Plants
In the world of plants, some are used for sacred and ceremonial purposes, to explore the spirit world. The use of these plants derives from native cultures, whose members have traditionally sought access to the supra-normal through the ingestion of the plants and their preparations.

Natural aphrodisiacs can revitalize sexual performance and pleasure, promote sex drive and endurance, and enhance sex life and satisfaction for both men and women. They're safe, have no side effects, and they work. As a noted expert, Chris is often quoted on the subject.

Yoga & Meditation
Chris has been a long-time speaker and presenter on yoga and meditation, at venues across the USA. Tune in, turn on and power up. The relationship between yoga and medicinal plants dates back at least 5000 years to the yogic and Ayurvedic (‘Science of Life’) tradition of India.

Food as Medicine
When Hippocrates said “Let your food be your medicine,” it wasn’t a metaphor. We can eat a diet of nutritiously rich, highly protective foods that act equally as nourishment and medicine.

Hot Plants
Natural aphrodisiacs can revitalize sexual performance and pleasure, promote sex drive and endurance, and enhance sex life and satisfaction for both men and women. As a noted expert, Chris is often quoted on the subject.

An adaptogen is a botanical that greatly improves your body's ability to adapt to stress, whether it's a hectic schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stressors.

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