One Spirit Medicine

Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness
by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. | Hay House, Inc. © 2015 · 240 pages

Alberto Villoldo is a fascinating blend of medical anthropologist and practicing shaman—having explored, practiced and taught these ideas for decades. Alberto walks us the healing wisdom at the nexus of ancient shamanic wisdom and modern science. Big Ideas include how (and why!) to optimize our gut-brain, removing two of the most toxic things in our diet, adding superfoods and detoxing from news and TV while cultivating stillness.

The message of One Spirit Medicine is that you don’t need to track down a shaman to find Spirit, or look outside yourself to find health. You only have to look within. That’s where you will receive One Spirit Medicine.
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

“One Spirit Medicine is based on ancient shamanic healing methods going back to our Paleolithic ancestors 50,000 years ago, backed by the latest breakthroughs in modern neuroscience. I first encountered these practices many years ago, during my fieldwork in the Amazon and the Andes. But these traditional practices are being confirmed today by what we’re learning about the body and the brain. For the last decade, together with physicians Mark Hyman and David Perlmutter, I’ve offered this program to clients who come to our weeklong retreats for detoxification and healing. They leave with body and brain restored. Now, in One Spirit Medicine, I offer you an opportunity to grow a new body using the same techniques…

One Spirit Medicine can help you avoid the illnesses that are ravaging civilization today. The shamans of old were masters of prevention. You do not have to be gravely ill to root out physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering and restore balance to your life. Using the principles and practices offered in these pages, you can feel better in a few days and begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week. And in just six weeks you can be well on your way to a new body that heals rapidly and ages gracefully, and a brain that supports you in forging a profound connection with Spirit and experiencing a renewed sense of purpose in life. One Spirit Medicine can give you all that, just as it gave it to me.”

~ Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. from One Spirit Medicine

This is the third Note we’ve done on Alberto Villoldo’s great books. The other two: Courageous Dreaming + Power Up Your Brain. Alberto is a fascinating blend of medical anthropologist and practicing shaman—having explored, practiced and taught these ideas for decades.

This book is his distillation of how we can heal ourselves by taking a healthy dose of One Spirit Medicine. If you’re interested in the nexus of ancient shamanic wisdom and modern science as it relates to healing and flourishing, I think you’ll love the book. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

Author, shaman, teacher