Doctor Shares 8 Medicinal Plants Our Ancestors Used: 8 Wonders of Nature


good morning beautiful family here is a
very special person in my life would you like to introduce yourself yes I’m dr.
Elizabeth Thompson of the National Center for Integrative Medicine in
Bristol but I do happen to meet George’s mum as well so this is mum and we’re
going to go on an adventure today right where we going to one of my favourite
places the Bristol Botanic Gardens why let’s go so I guess the thing that
interests me about going to a botanic garden is the fact that our ancestors
had knowledge of all these plants and herbs that do you actually have medical
qualities no not just kind of witch doctor serums they had knowledge of how
nature could actually support us medically yes that bit is fascinating so
science is really proving the benefits of some of these plants but that
knowledge was there beforehand so you know there’s this interesting plant
called the scurvy plant that the local people as that sailors got off long
voyages would know to give to them to eat a bit but science has shown that
it’s got some of the highest levels of vitamin C in any plant so that is
fascinating and a little bit magical that people would know these benefits welcome my name’s Nick ray and I’m
curator here at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden this is a
fantastic teaching and research resource for the University of Bristol but also
for the citizens of Bristol the Botanic Garden was founded by a German man
called Adolf Lightner and he founded the garden along with two colleagues in 1882
four and a half thousand different species of plant from all around the
world a use for teaching and research from schoolchildren through field
courses study courses specialist courses all the way through to just enjoying the
garden nice picnic a couple of years ago I came
to the botanics and interestingly none of the medical undergraduates were using
the Botanic Gardens as a teaching resource so what’s been exciting is to
set up teaching modules that include visits to the Botanic Gardens so that
the students can really learn more about the history of herbalism and how it very
much informed our lives as modern doctors so George this beautiful Daisy
it’s one of the Daisy family and there are lots of different daisies but this
is the very beautiful echinacea and for hundreds of years it’s been used to
support the immune system obviously a hundred and fifty years ago we wouldn’t
have known it as the immune system but it has been shown when you take it by
mouth particularly just at the onset of cold or flu-like illnesses just to
shorten them because it’s stimulating to the immune system it’s not something to
use all the time but often I will use echinacea and some vitamin C to support
me during a cold or flu-like illness just so that I recover that little bit
quicker but it’s a very very beautiful plant as you can see so we’re here in
the western herbal garden of Bristol Botanic Gardens you can see it’s a very
beautiful space and I’m going to talk a little bit about some of the plants but
I do need to say I am not a herbalist I’m actually a holistic doctor I trained
and qualified in conventional medicine but I was always interested in other
approaches and about four years ago set up a new center for Integrative Medicine
the National Centre of Integrative Medicine in Bristol to
look at how we combine conventional lifestyle and holistic approaches
because we’ve got lots of things out there that we can use and that our
patients and the public are using so why not start to provide a healthcare system
that really matches and mirrors what people are doing in reality I want to
show you this plant just next door to this beautiful black cohosh which is one
of the rose family you can tell from the leaves but it’s called meadowsweet it’s
got a long Latin name Phillip ng little Mario but meadowsweet has actually been
used to calm the stomach and what’s really fascinating is this is what we
get aspirin from so Bayer who developed aspirin
many many years ago now derived it from this plant and actually curiously
because it’s been derived pharmaceutically and a molecules been
added onto the molecules naturally found within this substance it actually has
the side effect of causing stomach problems you probably know that if you
take aspirin aspirin like drugs you often have to take antacids as well so
isn’t it curious that the plant itself offers a balanced pharmacology of
soothing a sore and acidic stomach but the pharmaceutical agent might actually
cause that problem even though it will then work to reduce inflammation in the
body so useful things but may be really good for us to know that yet again we
found it from nature so George we’re now walking into the traditional Chinese
medicine and the Botanic Gardens were lucky
enough to have Luke Jerram an artist some of you may know him because he’s
done these amazing huge Gaia balls that have been hanging around the country
just inspiring people again to really connect to the earth responsibility to
look one of his pieces of art is a magical
door that takes us into maybe a new world a new perspective to keep it here at the Botanic Gardens
camellia sinensis which is the tea plant a traditional Chinese herb that was used
from the distillate and health properties for many many years we now
know that green tea is incredibly useful as well for the body naturally
anti-inflammatory well we know quite a lot about green tea master gu cultivated
it on the mountain and the Daoists for thousands of years understood the
medical qualities of green tea that only now modern science are confirming so as
we go deeper into the garden we’re going to see many peonies sacred plants in
China revered for their beauty their flowers and again that just reminds us
that our connection to nature may not be by ingesting anything but just by
experiencing beauty harmony green spaces and do you know we are hardwired to feel
more relaxed in the color green our cortisol levels will drop even if we’re
shown images of green but if we actually get out into the natural environment
here a beautiful dark green then our bodies start to relax because we are
hardwired to be connected to the natural but George I’m really excited to show
you this ginkgo tree ginkgo biloba it’s also known as the maidenhair tree
and this is a female ginkgo you probably recognize it from its
leaves and it’s put into a lot of city centers because it will naturally absorb
pollution again nature helping us out when we’re just making a mess of things
but what’s fascinating about ginkgo is that in traditional Chinese medicine it
was known to help with blood flow so if people were having problems with blood
flow maybe in limbs then gingko would be used so as a conventional doctor I’m
often encouraged not to have trees but you’ve got to admit this is the most
beautiful tree you can see where I get my obsession with trees from it’s not my
fault I’m just mmm taking a little bit of
Szechuan pepper this incredible red pepper so in Chinese you have ma and la
ma is the numbing spice like this Szechuan pepper my mum’s currently
struggling and then la is the chili spice that we used to but do we have
numbing spice and in the West we don’t have this obviously pepper will make us
knees and stimulate but this completely makes us go numb I’m full on like a
thousand ounce over my lower my lower lip lower and upper lips mum is known to
overstate pain not sure how much this is affecting me but yeah when me and master
who went to a session we went to Chengdu capital and I used to in the restaurants
just like pour loads of this and just like enjoy the numbing spice Wow my lips
are just totally buzzing I quite enjoy it okay you got it yeah because yeah you
may be crunchy oh my god right as it started it’s begun so we’re going to
visit the hot houses and in the hot house we’re going to see a lot of foods
that we used to like chocolate turmeric ginger cardamom is just fantastic to see
these things growing cinnamon bark but we’ll head in there and then see what
yummy things are there for us what is it you’re doing so here George and you might be able to
see the cocoapod there this is the chocolate tree a very important tree for
many of us and actually we’ve realized that chocolate is really good for us in
its pure form it’s naturally anti-inflammatory in the body so a bit
of dark chocolate works on those little blood vessels to clean them and balance
them so we can enjoy chocolate in moderation at the right times of day and
know that actually it’s good for us thank you so much thank you
delicious mmm well thank you ma’am I felt like I
learned a lot you can see why it’s my favorite place in Bristol yeah it’s
beautiful I really want to bring master goo here having the Chinese herb garden
that’s amazing I’m sure he’ll really enjoy it when you think of the diversity
of plants and trees that are here you know it’s just so exciting and you can
come again and again and learn new things all the time yeah and it started
in the 1880s it connects me to the Victorians who also had this fascination
and love of nature and this institutions still going I think it’s an amazing
thing yeah so if you enjoyed what mom talked about today you’re doing more
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movement for change in healthcare to transform it into a much broader vision
where we honor and respect holistic approaches herbalism acupuncture
traditional Chinese medicine but also connecting to green spaces cold water
swimming but also just looking at conventional medicines making sure
they’re right for you and in fact this week we’re launching our holistic doctor
service so that’s time and space with a qualified doctor to really look at your
health needs whether it’s just an early warning sign that you’re getting out of
balance or whether you’ve got a condition that you’d really like to look
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and find out whether this kind of approach can
help you with your health and well-being right well if you’re interested there’s
links in the description and on the screen now but otherwise should we tuck
into this beautiful looking lunch yes absolutely
and yeah sprinkled with olive oil sprinkled with olive oil until next time

55 Replies to “Doctor Shares 8 Medicinal Plants Our Ancestors Used: 8 Wonders of Nature

  1. Life and its chemistry can be very powerful, super computing, AI and genetic engineering will fully unlock its potential for humanity

  2. I am a studying master herblist. I love how she broke down and explained certain botanicals and plants and how these plants can help the body. This video is amazing and your mom is awesome. Having found you and your videos definitely changed my life for the better. keep at it and I would be interested to see more videos especially on the Chinese medicine making. 🤗

  3. George, both you and your mum have very soothing voices. I very much enjoyed the tour around the gardens. My hope is for mainstream healthcare to become holistic using plants, meditation, movement practices like Tai Chi or Qigong, and psychedelics, where appropriate. The inspiring work of The Beckley Foundation shows the potential for healing with the latter.

  4. As a developer I really think that I need to go back to the nature, live from it, cultivate food and all… I love tech, but maybe we should give less importance to it and money, and go back to old ways… keeping the good things modern tech brought us of course…

  5. I thought there was going to be several mins of watching you eat in real time at the end there. 😉 Really interesting stuff, as a psychologist I've taken an immediate interest in the integrative centre and the botanical gardens in Bristol. Must pay them a visit.

  6. Another amazing video George thank you for all your content it is all helpful and enjoyable. Shout out too momma Thompson 😁😁🤙🤙

  7. Super, interesting & informative video, thank u to u both! 😀 Your mum's work sounds fascinating! It's so important to be able to reconnect with nature in this way.
    Hope your Scottish adventure is going well too! 🚲 ✨

  8. Such an enjoyable video! I work in horticulture here in the U.S. I am happy to see doctors using a holistic approach. I wish more would.

  9. George, your channel is outstanding. You are right…. we ARE family and connected. We are entrusted to increasing awareness of wellness during this period of time on Earth. Keep up the amazing work and look forward to every one of your presentations. Regards from Tel Aviv. Susan

  10. Accordingly Taoism is the second fastest growing belief system in the world. Been involved with it since 1987. youtube: tai chi baytalk. Martial art since 1964. Teaching since 1967. Should you have time contact me via email: [email protected] Good luck. btw continue the good task.

  11. Beautiful place… amazing that they have proven we relax more around the colour green 💚 (I have always felt this and always go for a walk in the woods if I'm feeling stressed)

  12. We all need to walk through the magic doorway in to the new 🌎 where we combine the best of ancient wisdom with modern science 🗝️ blessings 🌈xxxxxxxxxxx

  13. I have never had any luck with echinacea. Do 108 cloudhands (left aynd right = 1 cloudhand). perform daily for a minimum of 36 days … allergies colds gone … very seldom occur . i am 79 yr old always susceptible to cold/ allergy year after year qi gong and particularly performing cloudhands … no more colds. (5 years free). Folding the kwa pumps lymph vigorously if cloudhands is done carefully. Lymph carries virus and bacteria out of the body through the spleen at least that is my guess. Keep up the good work George.

  14. 4:07: Was about to say "the reason is Bayer". 35 seconds later: "Bayer". Life's a funny thing. Very thankful that there are still people out there who look further. 🙂

    Love botanical gardens, also always used to go there with my mother; very fond memories. 🙂

  15. Loving your uploads George oceans of gratitude for the work your doing. I think you will thoroughly enjoy a lecture by Kymia Arts called "Operative Alchemy" its pure gold utterly fascinating. Keep shining xx

  16. No way, I am almost 100% sure i past you on the Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve around August 12th, you would have been going up the hill from the connecting cliffton suspension bridge trail and i was going down, I have a big naive blue 65L backpack and a penny bored with red wheels, as well at the time a pair of coconut shells hanging off the back if that jogs your memory at all. I should have stooped you and said hi but I doubted myself to much haha. love your videos by the way.

  17. George, I first knew your Mum through " My six months in China". She impressed me there as a kind mother just like any mother in the world; here in this video , to my amaze, i find your Mum a very intelligent lady and this has made her so unique!
    I m happy to meet with you, you admirable Mum and your lovely Dad during my British trip! Can't wait to meet with you all!

  18. Hello George, I saw your Shaolin video, how do you find an authentic Shaolin temple to train in. It seems very commericalized in parts of China.

  19. Hey, I graduated from an herbalist program now in massage therapy. Next will be masters in acupuncture and Chinese medicine! Thank you for incorporating this into your healthcare system. In the US we are struggling to incorporate it, as it’s still looked as to far out there. Green also is the color of our heart Chakra, so being surrounded by green gets us out of our head and activates out heart. Thank you once again for this video.

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