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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312315392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312315399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter and teaches ethnobotany through the Medicinal Plant program at the University of Massachusetts. His two previous books, Tales From the Medicine Trail and Psyche Delicacies: Coffee, Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis and Why They're Good For You were published by Rodale Press. He has published 12 books in all. His medicinal plant research has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, Parade, USA Today, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Natural Health. He's written articles for Men's Health and Penthouse.

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Has an excellent directory for available plants.
ARF
This particular book tells the reader about the much touted sex boosting plants and the experiences people have had with them.
steel maker
This book has a lot of detail about this wonderful tree's native history, traditional and modern uses.
T. Lane

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Lane on February 3, 2006
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This is perhaps my favorite herbal specialty book - and my favorite "hot plant," maca, has a whole section in it. I have used black gelatinized maca for several years now, and it is certainly the best and strongest maca for "hot" purposes. Kilham's earlier book "Tales From the Medicine Trail" helped introduce me to it - this book covers it in additional detail. Yes, this book does feature specific companies, and specific patented extracts. However, I do not consider the book an overall product plug, as this is merely the author's job - exploring on behalf of the companies that hire him - whether that company is Herbal Powers, New Chapter, or someone else. The author paints a very entertaining account of these busness travels. The subject matter is uniquely interesting, but it is the firsthand, adventurous approach to writing that makes this book very enjoyable. It is a written travel documentary, fortified with lush descriptions, interesting observations and factoids, scientific research and great overall storytelling.

Perhaps what is most valuable amongst the handful of plant species he chooses to delve into is Tongkat Ali. There seems to be very little information generally available on this plant, despite the fact that a number of it's products are already beginning to appear on the herbal supplement market. This book has a lot of detail about this wonderful tree's native history, traditional and modern uses. It provides a comprehensive understanding of what the tree is, what it does, how it works in the human body. This is rather important information for anyone interested in using Tongkat Ali, and I would grant two stars for this botanical information on Tongkat Ali alone.

Rhodiola Rosea is another particularly intriguing herb.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S V SWAMY on August 5, 2005
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Hot Plants is Chris Kilham's account of exploration of plants, which help men and women lead better sex lives and thus enjoy better health. The author is a medicine hunter, author and educator and is the Explorer in Residence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he teaches ethnobotany. He has written a dozen books, four of which are listed in side the book.

In this particular book, Chris explores about 10 medicinal plants including some like Aswagandha, Yohimbe and Ginseng, which have been well known all over the world and a few lesser known (to me atleast). He describes for each plant, the active part, the location, the scientific studies conducted if any and the views of the traditional doctors, herbalists and the users. He has tried almost all of them himself and thus what he writes can certainly be taken as authentic. He also gives the side effects for some of the plants where applicable. He finishes the book with a very engaging account of the benefits of chocolate, not from the erotic angle but from the angle of love and bonding.

His writing style is engaging and the accounts of his wide ranging travels and his experiences with people of various civilizations makes the book an interesting read.

He got a few Indian names wrong (he refers to Dr.Prabhakaran as Dr.Prabakhan and Vata as Vatta), which I hope he will correct in future editions. His perception of the Hindu Gods Krishna and Siva may offend orthodox Hindus and fundamentalists. The conversion of temperatures by the author from Centigrade (Celsius) scale to Fahrenheit scale is approximate at some places. The special feature of -40 degrees in the temperature scale (that -40 F and -40 C are exactly equal) does not come through in the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Adams on May 18, 2007
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This book provides more details about Mr Kilham's travels than about the use of herbs. The book provides very basic inforamtion about the herbs that is easy to find for free on the web
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David R. Kelly on July 24, 2013
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It wasn't great but it was good. I loaned it out and never got it back so I need another. Dave
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steel maker on May 4, 2014
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I read an article about the people that have been searching the world over, for plants which are purported to have medicinal and/or other desirable qualities. Better find them quickly, as most forests are being destroyed to create land for farming. This particular book tells the reader about the much touted sex boosting plants and the experiences people have had with them.
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About Chris Kilham (AKA "Christopher S. Kilham", AKA "The Medicine Hunter")

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"Part David Attenborough, part Indiana Jones, Mr. Kilham, an ethnobotanist from Massachusetts... scoured remote jungles and highlands for three decades for plants, oils and extracts that can heal." - The New York Times

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. The founder of Medicine Hunter Inc., Chris has conducted medicinal research in over 30 countries. Chris is The FOX News Medicine Hunter and appears on FOX News Health TV both online and in US and international television markets. He also writes a weekly FOX News Health Column and is on the Medical Advisory Board of The Dr. Oz Show. As Explorer in Residence for Naturex of Avignon, France, Chris conducts medicinal plant research for the largest botanical extraction company in the world. He is also an advisory board member of the Naturex Foundation, which funds community development projects in various countries.

Chris works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. These include kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, horny goat weed, catuaba, tamanu oil, herbal beverages and dozens of other plants. He is currently working to build market demand for cat's claw and dragon's blood, both strong medicinal plants from the Amazon rainforest.

Chris is the author of fourteen books, including Hot Plants, The Five Tibetans, Psyche Delicacies, Tales from the Medicine Trail and Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise. Chris also writes articles on plant medicines for several publications, and is a contributing columnist for FOX News Health.

"I love adventure! That's why I love teaming up with The Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham." - Dr. Manny Alverez, Fox News Health

Chris lectures extensively on holistic health and botanical medicines, throughout the United States and the European Union, Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai, Australia, Peru, Vanuatu and many other countries. Recent appearances include The Vitamin Shoppe, In Cosmetics, American Herbalists Guild, Missouri Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Medicines of the Earth Symposium, Natural Products EXPO East, Natural Products EXPO West, Southwest Yoga, Midwest Yoga, Plant Teacher's Convergence, University of Massachusetts, Evolvers, Geneva Vitafoods Conference and HBA New York.

As a guest expert, Chris has presented across a wide variety of sectors to companies such as; Coca Cola, Pepsi, Unilever, Pfizer, Roche, Beiersdorf, Avon, L'Oreal, Chanel, Clarens, Body Shop, Royal Canin, GNC, and Whole Foods. He is also a regular advisor to Woman's World, Fox News Health, and various industry and trade publications.

Chris has appeared as a guest expert on over several hundred radio and television programs including news programs on The Dr. Oz Show, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Oprah & Friends, FOX TV, and NPR. He has appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, and is The Fox News Medicine Hunter. As a TV 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. Chris has appeared on over 1500 radio programs and more than 500 TV programs worldwide.

An avid body surfer and adventure traveler, Chris lives and works in Massachusetts with his wife, artist/activist Zoe Helene (cosmicsister.com). Chris advocates sane drug policy and the shamanic and ritual use of hallucinogens. Chris and Zoe travel the globe on Medicine Hunter expeditions, and work together to promote plant medicines, environmental protection and cultural preservation.

CNN calls Chris "The Indiana Jones of natural medicine."