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22nd Aug '17 5:12:26 PM Jake
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* ''VideoGame/{{Rimworld}}'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin prosaically-named]] Healroot, which can be used to do everything from salve bruises to stop a gunshot wound from bleeding to act as a surgical anaesthetic ''and'' an antibiotic. It's implied to have been genetically engineered specifically to act as a pharmacological MultiPurposeMonoculturedCrop some time in the distant past.
17th Aug '17 5:49:46 PM Nerrin
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' plays this trope more realistically, as there are potent medicinal herbs you're occasionally tasked to collect, but only so they can be studied and processed for the production of more reliable medicines. They can also be cooked into HealthFood, but the herbs are never useful on their own.
11th Jul '17 11:59:06 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor'': The beneviolet, a rare mountain flower that grows in high-magic areas. The natural magic of the areas it grows in mixes with the plantís own biological defenses, resulting in the grown flower being a powerful remedy against many kinds of illnesses, including the deadly Horn Rot.
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16th Apr '17 6:28:13 AM LordGro
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* In "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death takes his godson out to the forest and shows him a herb that can cure all patients except those which Death intends to claim for himself. By use of this herb, the godson becomes a famous physician.
8th Apr '17 9:34:59 AM Goldfritha
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A certain amount of TruthInTelevision: many plants are the root source of medicines[[note]]A surprising number of medicines were discovered by either investigating folk cures (some of which actually worked, and some of which did not) or by taking extracts from random plants (you get a bunch of work-study students, you drop them off a mile apart along some backroad with a box of bags, and you tell them "pick up five of everything you see") and running them against various screening tests to see if they did anything (this approach is generally called "Weeds and Seeds" or "Find 'Em and Grind 'Em")[[/note]]. However, in RealLife, they are not Magic Antidotes. Like drugs derived from them, herbs can have side-effects, sometimes quite serious, even fatal, and unlike the drugs, natural variation in growth means the dosage is unpredicatable. For safety reasons, therefore, do not include Real Life examples. Someone serious about herbal medicine can find much better sources than this wiki.

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A certain amount of TruthInTelevision: many plants are the root source of medicines[[note]]A surprising number of medicines were discovered by either investigating folk cures (some of which actually worked, and some of which did not) or by taking extracts from random plants (you get a bunch of work-study students, you drop them off a mile apart along some backroad with a box of bags, and you tell them "pick up five of everything you see") and running them against various screening tests to see if they did anything (this approach is generally called "Weeds and Seeds" or "Find 'Em and Grind 'Em")[[/note]]. However, in RealLife, they are not Magic Antidotes. Like drugs derived from them, herbs can have side-effects, sometimes quite serious, even fatal, fatal; they can interact with other drugs; , and unlike the drugs, natural variation in growth means [[OneDoseFitsAll the dosage is unpredicatable.unpredicatable]], and there will certainly be impurities. For safety reasons, therefore, do not include Real Life examples. Someone serious about herbal medicine can find much better sources than this wiki.
7th Jan '17 5:53:20 PM eowynjedi
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** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn uses ''athelas''.

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** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn uses ''athelas''.''athelas'' (or kingsfoil). It seems to have general restorative properties, and he uses it to treat Frodo's knife-wound and victims of the Nazgul's "black breath" after Pelennor. By the time of the story it's thought of as an old-fashioned folk remedy used mainly by elderly men[[note]]which is to say, men who are around Aragorn's age but aren't long-lived Dunedain like him[[/note]] which really irritates him because it makes it hard to find.
27th Oct '16 1:40:56 PM Necrodomo
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* Angels in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' have a home plane full of healing herbs that function the same as modern medical equipment and can heal anything from scratches to multiple gunshot wounds to the face. Demons have an EvilCounterpart, the Bone Leech, that runs on HarmfulHealing but will still raise one's hit points.
10th Sep '16 11:27:31 AM Discar
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* A much more realistic example is knobweed from ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', the sap of which is a powerful antiseptic. The heroes make a small fortune by taking advantage of the fact that Sylphrena is very good at finding patches of these weeds, far better than the workers employed by the local doctors.

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* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): A much more realistic example is knobweed from ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', knobweed, the sap of which is a powerful antiseptic. The heroes make a small fortune by taking advantage of the fact that Sylphrena is very good at finding patches of these weeds, far better than the workers employed by the local doctors.
31st Jul '16 1:04:52 AM petersohn
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* ''VideoGame/TheLongDark'' has rosehip, reishi mushroom, and old man's beard lichen, which are substitutes to painkillers, antibiotics, and antiseptics, respectively. From the former two, you have to brew tea, which makes them heavier to carry than the tablet form of their conventional counterparts. Conversely, old man's beard lichen, however, needs to be woven into bandage and has negligible mass, compared to antiseptics which came in liquid form.
31st May '16 3:52:11 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', medical plants are one treasure of the Wild.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', medical plants are one treasure of the Wild.
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