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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.
27th Mar '16 8:16:30 PM Discar
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* ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'': Played for laughs. Tiffany learns the Doctrine of Signatures from Miss Level, based on a real-life medieval idea that God placed a "signature" on every plant that indicated its medical use, to those who could read it properly. This being Discworld, the signatures are literal, and with a special magnifying glass, you can read them on the stems. Sadly, plants are terrible spellers, but Miss Level has worked out a great many cures this way, such as goldenrod being good for jaundice, which turns skin yellow.
26th Feb '16 9:17:09 PM kikiandlala
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', Stinger mould is extracted for use by the Imperium in making medicine. If used in unprocessed form, it will still give your ganger back some health.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' spinoff game ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', Stinger mould is extracted for use by the Imperium in making medicine. If used in unprocessed form, it will still give your ganger back some health.
26th Feb '16 9:14:43 PM kikiandlala
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Yao Fei and Oliver make use of healing herbs found on Lian Yu to greatly speed up healing and counter poisons. In Season 4, the Golden Lotus is a magical herb that's used to cure Thea of her Lazarus Pit-induced bloodlust.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', Stinger mould is extracted for use by the Imperium in making medicine. If used in unprocessed form, it will still give your ganger back some health.
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