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Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham. Photo by Jeff Skeirik



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

Wildly Magical Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest

The endangered Amazon rainforest is not just lovely and lush to look at—it’s critical to life as we know it. The region provides 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and 20 percent of its fresh water. Humans would feel the loss of that terribly, in real-world ways. But it isn’t all about us.

“The rainforests provide medicinal plants, fruits, nuts and oils. They’re much more valuable alive than clear-cut or burned.” – Chris Kilham, COCO ECO

Meet Magic Mushroom, Ayahuasca and Ibogaine Enthusiasts at L.A.'s First Visionary Convergence

Los Angeles is home to an extensive community working with various mind-altering plant-based substances, often in ceremonial contexts stemming from ancient practices. With this weekend’s first ever Visionary Convergence, at East Hollywood‘s recently opened Big Art Church, this subculture is stepping into the spotlight.

“Some of the best material that has come out on ayahuasca has in fact come out by people who have gone into it and participated in it. I believe that it’s otherwise sort of like a priest talking about sex.” – Chris Kilham, LA Weekly

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.

Visionary Convergence 2015

September 25th - 27th, 2015, Los Angeles, CA

Chris will present Ayahuasca in the Media and Hacking the Cosmic Motherboard at the PlantTeachers presents Visionary Convergence 2015, a conference and a community gathering where we will coalesce our collective interest and cultivate awareness of entheogenic medicinal and visionary plants such as ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, San Pedro cactus, and other plant wisdom medicines. Click here to register.

Painting by Visionary Artist Martina Hoffmann.

Ayahuasca, Healing and Spirit

Chris Kilham, founder of The Ayahuasca Test Pilots, on the healing, transformative and spirit-imbuing powers of ayahuasca, at the March 2015 Ayahuasca Monologues in New York City, sponsored by Evolver.

Chris Kilham Shares Yerba Mate, Guayusa and Cocoa with Dr. Oz

These three powerful plants are native to the Amazon Rainforest.

Chris Kilham Shares His Favorite Amazon Energy Boosters
Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham explain how two excellent teas from the Amazon rainforests, Yerba Mate and Guayusa, can help boost your energy naturally.

Chris Kilham Explains How to Pick the Right Cocoa Powder
Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham explains why cocoa is one of the most healthy things you can put in your mouth, and how to shop for the best cocoa powder.

Is Ayahuasca a Healing Treatment?

For years Chris Kilham, The Medicine Hunter, has told Fox News Health about all his far off adventures and all the best natural remedies for what ails you. He’s written a new book called The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying, which is all about the unusual plant-based treatment, providing 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.

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.

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.

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