About the Author
Called "The Indiana Jones of natural medicine" by CNN, CHRIS KILHAM is an author and educator who has conducted medicinal research in over 30 countries. Kilham has appeared as a guest expert on hundreds of radio and television programs, including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, BBC, Oprah & Friends, FOX TV, and NPR. As a TV correspondent and guest he has spoken about medicine hunting, traditional botanical medicines, nutraceuticals, environmental and cultural preservation, and other related topics for a wide variety of audiences. Kilham lectures extensively on holistic health and botanical medicines, throughout the United States and many other countries, and teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
“Ayahuasca is the vision vine, the plant of the gods, the most powerful tool in the repertoire of the shaman of the Northwest Amazon. More and more people from all corners of the world are discovering its wonder. It's not a simple thing, and certainly not for the fainthearted; taking ayahuasca is a chance to tear open the placenta of ordinary reality and emerge transformed. This is a book that can help you on the journey."
—Wade Davis, author of One River
"In the engaging style that those familiar with Chris Kilham's work have come to know and love, the Medicine Hunter provides a dense but entertaining overview of the magic Amazonian brew ayahuasca. He discusses the history, botany, chemistry, pharmacology and ethnographic context of ayahuasca, and and, true to the spirit of the title, gives readers an informative 'flight manual' describing the physical and psychological effects of the brew. Kilham also describes the dimensions and entities ayahuasca voyagers can expect to encounter in their shamanic explorations and provides a few pointers on how to keep their spirit ship sailing smoothly. The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook is an excellent introduction for those new to the ayahuasca experience and a solid reference for grizzled veterans. Highly recommended!"
—Dennis McKenna, author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss