History Main / ThatOldTimePrescription

23rd Oct '17 12:59:54 PM Sharlee
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While most medications are a mystery to most audiences, there are a few whose native source is more familiar. Willow bark as a precursor to aspirin, or bread mold as that of penicillin, are the usual examples; others, such as poppy extract for a sedative or foxglove extract for heart trouble, are more obscure, but still recognizable to viewers who take an interest. Some, however, are still in use in less developed countries, such as mustard poultices (counterirritant and somewhat effective in dealing with respiratory infections), or propolis (honey bee glue, which is an effective antimicrobial agent).

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While most medications are a mystery to most audiences, there are a few whose native source is more familiar. Willow bark as a precursor to aspirin, or bread mold as that of penicillin, are the usual examples; others, such as poppy extract for a sedative or foxglove extract for heart trouble, are more obscure, but still recognizable to viewers who take an interest. Some, however, are still in use in less developed countries, such as mustard poultices (counterirritant and somewhat effective in dealing with respiratory infections), or propolis (honey bee glue, which is an effective antimicrobial agent).
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29th Apr '17 11:32:37 AM eowynjedi
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** The moldy bread poultice is one of Magrat Garlick's specialties. In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', Magrat also makes willow bark tablets for headaches.

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** The moldy bread poultice is one of Magrat Garlick's specialties. In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', Magrat also makes willow bark tablets for headaches. She apprenticed under another herbalist witch who did careful experimentation (and so knew the ''kind'' of apple and knife to use in that old story about getting your future husband's name from the peel) and often gets frustrated with Granny's constant use of "sucrose and aqua" as a placebo.
27th Mar '17 5:36:12 AM Ion288
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* They also [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0042/ grow hemp]] as a major agricultural crop for its many uses, including medicinal.

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* ** They also [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0042/ grow hemp]] as a major agricultural crop for its many uses, including medicinal.
5th Mar '17 7:12:11 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Milk of the poppy (that is, opium) is regularly prescribed for painful injuries.
21st Feb '17 8:22:25 AM MarsJenkar
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* After the big fight in ''Film/SevenBridesForSevenBrothers'', Milly uses [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_hazel_(astringent) witch hazel extract]] to treat the wounds of the brothers.
28th Dec '16 10:53:06 PM RealityCheck
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* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', herbal remedies make frequent appearances. For fear of falling into a primitive human healer's less than ept hands [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0369/ He stockpiles several for his expedition,]] including willow bark, bread mould pills, bismuth, "stomach soda" and alcohol for cleansing wounds.

**In a later page, he is lectured (correctly) that coriander is a useful spice for purging metal poisons from the body. According to the notes of Ennias Longscript, a human explorer, this was apparently discovered as a consequence of the downfall of Silver Springs, a racconan community that succumbed to toxic levels of bauxite (aluminium ore) in their drinking water and topsoil. The racconan healers developed a treatment regimen that saved the victims, consisting largely of foods that aided the body in purging itself of excess metals such as citrus, legumes, eggs, butter, garlic, onions... in particular a heavily seasoned "bean porridge" that Ennias reveals [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0088/ is something of an acquired taste, to say the least.]]
**It is also revealed in Ennias' notes that they bathe and handwash frequently. Unsurprising for a race based off raccoons, but they also use ceremonial hand-washing basins and mix the water with "perfumes and distilled essence of spirits" (alcohol) to "kill humours of illness."
* They also [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0042/ grow hemp]] as a major agricultural crop for its many uses, including medicinal.
9th Aug '16 9:30:02 PM PaulA
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* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.

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* Bread In the Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels, bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] Taltos's witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', ''Literature/{{Athyra}}'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.
25th Jul '16 2:22:18 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).
* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'', Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).
* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Dragaera}} [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.
19th Jul '16 6:14:35 PM rmctagg09
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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.

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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.
19th Jul '16 6:13:49 PM rmctagg09
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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb.

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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.
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