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.
At the now legendary Visionary Convergence Los Angeles, Chris Kilham, founder of Ayahuasca Test Pilots, brings psychedelics, neurology, ancient wisdom, cosmic consciousness, infinity of mind, social ethics and future consciousness together in this fast-paced visionary talk. Through psychedelics, we can hack the cosmic motherboard, and establish new neural pathways, thinking and behavior, free from mindless convention and conformity.
When we first assembled in the maloca for the night’s ayahuasca ceremony, an apocalyptic rain howled out of the jungle, pounding the palm-leaf roof of the building hard, rendering conversation impossible. The rain fell in sheets of bullets, hard and fast, almost shocking in its intensity. Dogs in surrounding villages went completely nuts, howling and barking. The downpour lasted for over an hour, full metal jacket...
“Not every ayahuasca ceremony offers a breezy ride. But the medicine always does offer insight and healing, if you can stay aware and navigate the strong currents in the ceremonial space.” – Chris Kilham, AlterNet
Photo: Chris Kilham by Russ Quackenbush
Chris Kilham, a.k.a. the Medicine Hunter, has been studying medicinal herbs for 46 years. He is an author, ethnobotanist, explorer, and ultimately a searcher for truth in medicine, the universe, and within the human consciousness. You may have seen him on the Dr. Oz Show or Fox News, or read about his travels in the Amazon rainforest, the Himalayas, or Malaysia.
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 Magazine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene traveled with journalist Steve Hendricks and photographer Ivan from Outside Magazine in the Peruvian Amazon for this story.