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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.


About Chris Kilham
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. He has conducted medicinal research in over 20 countries. As the FOX News Medicine Hunter, Chris' TV segments and columns reach across USA and International markets. CNN calls Chris “The Indiana Jones of natural medicine.”

About Zoe Helene
Adventurous and romantic husband and wife team Chris and Zoe work and travel extensively together. As sustainability correspondent, Zoe covers women, wildlife, wilderness, cultural arts and archetypes, and the rights of children—who are the stewards of the future.

Featured Plants
Some medicinal plants simply loom larger than others, and do more for more people. In this section we identify plants that are of especially high health value, and give you more information on those plants and their uses. Think of them as botanical stars in the spotlight.

Most Recent Media

Our Most Recent Media page has mixed pieces on psychedelics, mood-modifiers and energizers, with yet more super fruits, sustainable harvesting, our latest on The Dr OZ Show and many other venues. See also, our latest on FOX News.

Stalking the Wild Eleuthero
For an explorer to be “in residence” is rather an oxymoron. As an at-large faculty member, Chris Kilham ’75 is seldom stationary, traveling the Earth with his wife, Zoe Helene, to explore botanicals and search for medicinal herbs in the field. | UMass Amherst Gateway | by Laura Miller

Marijuana Use On The Rise Among Baby Boomers
Not everyone partakes, but nobody really flinches either at the sight of marijuana. “If you go to a party, inevitably there will be people getting high,” said Kilham, 61. “I don’t even think about it.” | Huffington Post 50 | by Yagana Shah

From Morocco with Love, Or Rouge, Yves Saint Laurent
From the legendary crocus, an indigenous flower symbolic of beauty, sensuality, longevity, and love, it has harvested Moroccan saffron, "the world’s most expensive spice by weight," according to Chris Kilham, ethnobotanist and medicine-hunter. | Vanity Fair | by SunHee Grinnell

The Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham
Between the Andes and the Amazon, a former hippie is looking for new active ingredients for the cosmetics industry. Saffron, Maca, Tiger Grass: The "Medicine Hunter" Chris Kilham knows the secret weapons of nature against skin aging. | Welt am Sonntag (Germany) | by Lorraine Haist

The Tea Every Woman Should Drink: Matcha
What if you could boost your immunity, control your stress and lose weight with one simple drink? Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham says you can with matcha! Learn about its health benefits and how much you should drink! | The Dr. Oz Show | with Dr. Mehmet Oz

In the Jungle With Dr. Feelgood
No jungle or river is too remote for self-described medicine hunter Chris Kilham, who travels the globe looking for plants to boost our vitality, ease our pain, and turn us on. | Outside Magazine | by Steve Hendricks

Better Health and Sex with Natural Remedies from Around the World
Lisa’s interviews Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, who shares herbs and plant-based foods from around the globe that heal you and help your libido. | The Lisa Oz Show | with Lisa Oz

Medicinal Herbs You’ve Never Heard Of
Learn about the potential benefits of five largely unknown plants that are attracting the attention of researchers and their future as medicinal herbs. | Mother Earth Living | by Gina DeBacker

Chris Kilham Scours the Planet for Plants with Medicinal Properties
Several times a year, Chris Kilham ventures into the Amazonian jungles where he gets together with shamans for a few drinks. These are occasions that make a big Friday night in Lan Kwai Fong seem like a stroll through Victoria Park. | South China Morning Post | by Jeanette Wang


Fresh on Fox News

Visit our Most Recent Medicine Hunter Media page for mixed pieces on psychedelics, mood-modifiers and energizers, with yet more super fruits, sustainable harvesting, and our latest on FOX News and The Dr OZ Show.

New Study Reveals Cleaner Air Could Help Save Lives
While some anti-environmentalists claim that clean air standards will cost Americans jobs, a newly published health study shows that clean air standards may have already saved lives. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Malaysia’s Herbal Viagra Takes Off (Tongkat Ali)
The tree, known as Tongkat Ali, yields a root traditionally used to treat fevers and malaria, ease lower back pain, enhance energy and greatly boost sexual prowess. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Indian Herb Shows Numerous Health Benefits (Ashwagandha)
The Indian herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most highly regarded botanicals in the 5,000-year-old system of natural medicine known as Ayurveda. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Home Cures for Embarrassing Health Problems
Most people prefer not to dive too deeply into conversations about warts, dandruff, bad breath and other personal health issues, but these are real conditions that require attention. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

A Sports Drink Made of Hornet Spit?
There is now a sports drink made with - I kid you not - hornet spit. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

The Healing Power of Poisons
Poison is usually something you want to avoid if you want to live, but some toxins are actually being used as medicine to save lives. Often, the only difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose. Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Las Vegas Goes Healthy, Sort of, Fox News, by Chris Kilham

New Studies Offer Evidence of the Mind and Body Benefits of Yoga, Fox News, by Chris Kilham

New Handbook Makes Herbal Knowledge Easy, Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Introducing the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Fox News, by Chris Kilham

Can We Avoid Zoonotic Diseases like Ebola?, Fox News, by Chris Kilham

The Marvels of Black Pepper, Fox News, by Chris Kilham, April 2014

How Will The Cannabis Greenwave Re-shape America?, Fox News, by Chris Kilham


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.

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.


Plant Medicines A-Z
This simply organized list offers a plethora of 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.

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.


Sacred 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.

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. They're safe, have no side effects, and they work. As a noted expert, Chris is often quoted on the subject.

Adaptogens
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. This elite class of herbs impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and improve mental clarity.