Follow TV Tropes

Following

Fantastic Medicinal Bodily Product

Go To

"Dragon liver can cure a cold, dragon powder grows hair, with dragon blood you'll never grow old.
Dragon cartilage keeps you thin, dragon fat is for burns, a dragon tear will clear up your skin."
Pete's Dragon (1977), "Every Little Piece"

A creature, or an entire species, possesses remarkable healing abilities due to a particular bodily product. Usually the product is a fluid, likely saliva or blood. In various media, for example, vampire saliva is a natural coagulant and helps the puncture wounds close (incidentally making it a handy tool for maintaining The Masquerade). However, it could be any other bodily product, such as urine or bone. The medicinal properties of the product can also range from healing wounds to curing illnesses to bestowing invincibility. Very often, the healing factor only works on other species, not their own, though this is not a strict requirement for the trope.

Advertisement:

Psionic powers used to heal or take away pain do not count under this; they are examples of the Empathic Healer.

Sub-Trope of Bizarre Alien Biology. May be a Panacea.

Compare Swiss Army Tears and Healing Hands for other body products/parts that heal. For general examples of profiting from captive monsters, see Mainlining the Monster. If the product in question is a waste product or a secretion, see Solid Gold Poop. See also Crafted From Animals.


Advertisement:

Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Bird:
    • Kyo, a bird demon, licks Misao to heal her wounds.
    • Misao's blood can heal demons, which can be sexually transmitted as well.
  • In Bleach, Nel's saliva/drool is capable of healing people from near death.
  • In Blue Ramun, the blood of members of the Blue Ramun tribe can cure nearly all diseases, neutralize most poisons, and accelerate the healing of wounds. The healing powers inherent in the Blue People are explicitly stated to be one of the most potent magical forces in the entirety of the low-magic setting — which is why the Garicalege traffics in stolen blood of the Blue Ramun tribe, and why Dr. Zai murdered his fellow Blue tribe members and attempted to craft medicine from their hearts.
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Tohru claims that dragon saliva has healing properties (on top of being able to wash delicate clothing), but Ilulu says that she's just looking for an excuse to lick Kobayashi.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, the LCL that sustains life within the entry plug (that is described as being identical to amniotic fluid) is the bodily fluid of Lilith, the being that spawned all of humanity.
  • In trash., the blood of Hiroshi gives those treated with it a Healing Factor but sends people who use it too much into a berserker state in which they can no longer tell friend from foe, which happens to Soo-in and ultimately Francesca herself.
  • Invoked by the vampire-like Chui in 3×3 Eyes, who seems to firmly believe that drinking the blood of Pai, the last Sanzhiyan (Triclop) will make him immortal. However, it's implied by Parvati that this is a mere rumor and not an actual fact.
  • In a filler arc of One Piece, the main antagonist is after a rare and old Millenium Dragon, whose bones are said to grant immortality to all those who consume them. Later on in the arc, his right hand man betrays him to go after the bones himself.
  • In Samurai Deeper Kyo, Demon Eyes Kyou at one point uses his own blood to bring a dying Kyoshiro back to life just out of spite. May also count as a case of New Powers as the Plot Demands.

    Audio Plays 
  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio play The Bride of Peladon, the Doctor uses his own blood as an antidote, because he'd been attacked and injured badly enough to activate his souped-up Time Lord immune system, releasing special platelets to heal his injuries instead of having to regenerate, effectively turning his blood (temporarily) into a panacea.

    Comic Books 
  • In Brat Pack, True-Man's blood is capable of curing HIV and bestowing a healing factor.
  • Judge Dredd has a peaceful and harmless intelligent alien race called Stookies — who just happen to have glands in their bodies that make humans appear younger when they eat them. Since the glands can only be harvested by killing the Stookie, this is desperately unethical and immoral, even by Dredd's Crapsack World standards. However, due to Fantastic Racism, it's only a ten-year sentence instead of fifteen to life for murder as alien lives are worth less than humans'.
  • In one issue of the Futurama comic book, Fry's cold infects the citizens of New New York, and once a person gets better they cough up a gelatinous mass that comes together to create a giant Blob Monster. Leela becomes afflicted too, but after her illness goes away, which included stripping naked and living with a pack of squirrels for a few days, she shows off a giant white blood cell on a leash, and Professor Farnsworth deduces that her mutated immune system is what created the large white cell, and they go to the sewers to infect the mutants. When they spit out their giant white cells, the two blobs meet, and destroy each other, saving the city.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • The Incredible Hulk: In an issue from the early 1990s, Jim Wilson, a former teen sidekick of the Hulk, asks him for a transfusion because he's dying of AIDS and thinks that the Hulk's irradiated blood makes him immune to HIV and will cure him. Hulk refuses, worrying that a blood transfusion might also turn Jim into a gamma mutate, much like it made Bruce Banner's cousin Jennifer into the She-Hulk.
    • X-Force: In the Milligan and Allred run, the team was once deployed to Central America to kidnap a boy whose mutant powers made him a living pharmacy. Mr. Sensitive revolted against the team's financial backers after learning that they intended to harvest the kid's organs and bodily fluids to make new drugs.
  • Monstress: The Cumean witch-nuns can use the body of Arcanics to create a substance called Illium. It has many healing effects, and even brings a character back from the dead.
Advertisement:

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County: In one arc, Oliver makes a nearly-magical hair tonic out of cat sweat. It makes balding men grow their hair back overnight.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Alice in Wonderland (2010), the Bandersnatch's saliva is one of the few things that can heal the wounds left by its poison claws.
  • Naked Lunch: William Lee trades a typewriter to a rival author with the following comment: "Tom, I've brought you a new typewriter (actually an alien head) which conveniently dispenses two types of intoxicating fluids when it likes what you've written."
  • Pete's Dragon (1977): According to Dr. Terminus, dragon body parts have a variety of medical uses — for instance, dragon livers can cure the common cold, dragon fat cures burns, and dragon blood halts aging.
  • Edge of Tomorrow If the alien's blood gets on you while you're dying it will bring you back to life and send you back in time.

    Literature 
  • Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom: Ground saints' bones can reverse death.
  • Artemis Fowl: Dwarf saliva is apparently a healing balm, at least against burns.
  • Dune: The Spice, which is a product of the life cycle of the sandworms of Arrakis and is the most valuable substance in the Known Universe because it can greatly extend human lifespan, provide enhanced mental and physical abilities and even enable the power to see through time and space. Its value is even greater because of prohibitions on artificial intelligence in this setting, which requires that human potential be maximized.
  • Guts and Sass: The Lridrisy, a species of giant shapeshifting cats, have blood with potent healing properties.
  • Harry Potter:
  • In Illegal Aliens, there is a race of sapient trees whose leaves, seeds, and other body parts have remarkable healing properties when used as medicine by any other race in the galaxy. On top of that, the trees themselves are doctors.
  • InCryptid: Johrlac blood is a natural painkiller/antibiotic.
  • In the Nightshade Trilogy, the blood of the Guardians (wolf shapeshifters) can heal whoever drinks it, but only if it is offered by said Guardian as a gift.
  • In the Pit Dragon Chronicles, dragon saliva is healing for human wounds and human saliva is healing for dragon wounds. In a subversion, dragon blood is acidic and burns human flesh.
  • Semiosis: The sapient Plant Aliens on Pax can synthesize all kinds of chemicals, from complex drugs to deadly poisons. As one of the smartest, Stevland learns to produce fruit containing various human medications.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Both bacta and kolto — potent healing fluids central to the galaxy's medical industries — are derived from secretions of specific species.
    • The tears of the Fosh ex-Jedi Vergere are used to make a medication to stop the progression of Mara Jade Skywalker's spore illness. They're dangerous to her unborn son, though, and she has to stop taking them after getting pregnant.
  • In The Snow Queen Series, the blood of the mers, a creature native to the planet Tiamat, is harvested to produce the "water of life", an Immortality Inducer. The mers are in danger of being hunted to extinction because of this.
  • In Stranger Station by Damon Knight, an alien gives a liquid from its body that cures disease on Earth. It turns out that a human is necessary adjacent to the process, because humans are repulsive to the aliens, and the elixir is actually sweat produced out of their agony enduring our presence.
  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms: Unicorns produce a range of healing items. Hair from a dead unicorn prevents illness; hair from a living unicorn not only protects from illness but from evil magic as well. Unicorn horn neutralizes poison, unicorn tears heal mental disorders, and unicorn blood cures diseases and injuries.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "T.A.H.I.T.I." reveals that Coulson was resurrected by a drug called GH.325, derived from the bodily fluids of a Kree corpse, codenamed G.H. It is then used to heal Skye's fatal bullet wounds.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): Hera's hybrid blood temporarily cures Roslin's cancer.
  • Earth 2: The Grendlers — squat, roughly humanoid primitive scavengers and traders on Planet G889 — possess saliva with healing properties so powerful that it can cure humans of basically anything.
  • Farscape:
    • "...Different Destinations": Fellip urine has healing properties (or at least, can numb pain). Naturally, this being Farscape, it's Played for Laughs.
    • The Virtual Zhaan's "milk" in the episode "John Quixote". However, this is all part of a virtual reality game and may not be based in the reality of the show's setting.
  • Forever Knight: "Fever" had a undeadly virus going about the vampire community. Originally contracted by sucking the blood of a lab rat which had been used to test an HIV vaccine, it can only be cured by sucking the blood of an AIDS victim.
  • In Heroes, Claire's blood turns out to be a miracle cure.
  • The Immortal: A man discovers that his blood not only makes him immortal but can cure diseases in any person it's transfused into.
  • Lexx: Protoblood (implied to be produced by the alien Insects) can reanimate the dead as servants of His Divine Shadow.
  • Midnight, Texas: Vampire blood can be ingested by humans, doing so will temporarily dramatically enhance their healing and resilience. However, it has the side effect of creating a Psychic Link between them and the Vampire from whom the blood was taken.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "The Grell", the Grell, a race of humanoid aliens held in slavery by humanity on Earth, have saliva with rapid healing properties.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • In "Dawn", when Trip is stranded on a hostile planet with an Arkonian pilot, he discovers that Arkonian saliva can heal wounds rapidly.
    • Dr. Phlox takes advantage of the medicinal properties of several non-sentient alien species in his sickbay.
  • True Blood: Vampire blood. In addition to being an addictive psychoactive stimulant/steroid/win-button, it can be ingested by injured humans to bring them back from the brink of death.
  • In The Vampire Diaries, a human who drinks vampire blood will temporarily gain a slightly weaker version of the Healing Factor that vampires have, allowing said human to recover from otherwise fatal injuries. Similarly, the blood of the Original hybrid, Klaus, can be used to heal a normal vampire from a werewolf bite, which is typically fatal to non-Original vampires.
  • War of the Worlds (1988): In one episode, the aliens reduce a number of human brains into a drop of fluid that cures them of the flu.

    Music 
  • Silverchair: The Music Video for "Freak" has an old woman paying to consume sweat produced by the band while they are playing. Not satisfied with just the sweat causing her to be de-aged, she demands more. This causes her to mutate alien features such as yellow-green eyes, purple lips and bony ridges. She does seem quite happy with the changes.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Russian folk tale about Yeruslan Lazarevich, one of the hero's adventures is about curing his family who were blinded (either by a villain or due to sitting too long in a dark dungeon where said villain threw them). The cure required is the bile of a certain evil king.
  • In the medieval German epic Nibelungenlied, the hero Siegfried becomes invulnerable by bathing in a dragon's blood.
  • The Celts had a belief in the healing power of saliva, which is where the idea of "kiss it better" originates.
  • Unicorn blood is held to have healing properties in several myths.
  • In a folk tale from Southern Italy, the protagonist is an enchanted woman who lives in a rosemary plant (A Wizard Did It) and falls in love with the Prince who buys the rosemary. However, when the Prince's jealous sisters find her and give her a beating, she falls ill and the rosemary wilts. The gardener responsible flees the palace and, in the forest, overhears the discussion a couple of Dragons are having about the rosemary maiden, and one of them confess that the only remedy to save her is a mixture made from the blood from his throat and grease from the other dragon's hide. As soon as the two fall asleep, the gardener kills them, recovers the blood and grease and use it to heal the rosemary plant and save the girl.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In the 3rd Edition supplement Creature Collection, the ewe of the Amalthean Ram gives milk that neutralizes non-magical poisons and diseases and heals the wounds of anyone who drinks it.
    • The Dragon Magazine #332 article "Cutting up the Dragon" describes how dragon bone marrow can be used to create a salve that can heal the diseases of those whose skin it's applied to.
  • Gamma World 1st Edition adventure GW1 Legion of Gold. The PCs can encounter a parn nest in the buggems' underground lair. If drunk, the sweet smelling fluid in the parns' egg sacs heals 3-18 Hit Points of damage per liter.
  • Hc Svnt Dracones: One of the genetic reclamations available to Canidae characters is Healing Saliva.
  • Metamorphosis Alpha: In Dragon Magazine article "An Alternate Beginning Sequence for Metamorphosis Alpha'', one of the alternate mutations is "Immortal". Transfusing an immortal's blood into another creature heals between two and forty Hit Points of damage to the recipient.
  • Pathfinder: Troll livers can be used to create healing items, taking advantage of their former owners' powerful Healing Factor.
  • Rifts: The blood of the Cactus People can be used to brew Healing Potions.
  • Warhammer: While consuming troll flesh is normally fatal, as it's toxic and its regenerative properties will cause it to grow and expand in your belly, ogre butcher-wizards can consume troll guts as part of a spell that imbues either themselves or other ogres with the troll's supernatural healing.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • In Vampire: The Requiem and Vampire: The Masquerade, vampire saliva can heal skin punctures and remove the signs of fang puncture marks.
    • Hunter: The Vigil features the Cheiron Group, a conspiracy of monster hunters backed by an international pharmaceutical group that looks to capture and research supernatural creatures, and apply that research into developing new medicines. In the short term, their Endowment also equips their agents with biological enhancements like stolen vampire saliva glands grafted to agents to help them heal, and werewolf adrenal extracts to fight beyond human limits.

    Video Games 
  • In Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, angel blood is capable of curing any disease.
  • Fate/Grand Order: The saliva of Oryou (Ryoma's dragon steed) can heal people.
  • In Illusion of Gaia, unspecified body fluids from the Sand Fanger are thought to cure diseases. Lance uses some to cure his father's memory loss.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Cooking certain animals together with monster parts creates elixirs with various effects. Also, there's a sidequest to harvest some Molduga guts for their healing properties.
  • Bloodborne: Old Blood, found within the Pthumerian Catacombs, can heal any injury or disease and lead to the city of Yharnam become famed for healing and medicine. The player character is a pilgrim visiting the city to be cured of an unknown illness. Not only that, the blood echoes stay inside the drinker so that their blood also provides healing. When the game begins, blood drinking is so common that Yharnam residents drink blood instead of wine. Sadly, blood echoes can also turn people into beasts on the Night of the Hunt, an astronomic event, requiring the Hunters to purge them.
  • Pokémon
    • Chansey and Blissey have an egg-like object they produce in their pouch. Eating it brings happiness and health to whoever does so. Its signature movenote  Soft-Boiled has the egg used to heal half the user's maximum HP, or give away some of its HP to a party member in the overworld.
    • Miltank produces and is farmed for its Moomoo Milk, which heals Pokemon by 100 HP. Its original signature move (which later was learnable by the Skiddo line) involves the Pokemon drinking its own milk to heal by half their maximum HP.
  • Spelunky HD: Queen bees, when killed, drop royal jelly that restores a whopping 4 HP (6 in Spelunky 2) to the spelunker who picks it up.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X features a side mission to collect a scale from the Telethia, a dragon-like megafauna known throughout Mira as the planet's guardian. A single scale is said to act as a Panacea and cure anything. However, you have to fight it and test your worth to obtain the scale, which the story treats as a death sentence. This side mission is ultimately Played for Laughs when you discover that Tatsu's rival Tora just needed to cure some rather bad indigestion and milked it as a life-threatening ailment.
  • In Subnautica, the mysterious enzyme needed to cure the Kharaa plague comes from the gastric fluids of the Sea Emperor Leviathan.

    Webcomics 
  • Cross Time Cafe: Unicorn boogers have undisclosed magical properties. Oompa Loompas wind up chasing White Pony around, trying to gather said nasal secretions.
  • Starslip parodies this. Cirbozoids, due to their Bizarre Alien Biology, produce a mind-bogglingly wide variety of secretions with an equally wide variety of uses. For any medical condition in other species (or for that matter, any non-medical emergency), the Cirbozoids secrete something that serves as an at least temporary solution.
  • The Order of the Stick: Troll blood retains its Healing Factor when it's applied to a wound, though it creates patches of troll flesh where it heals. As trolls are generally disregarded as monsters fit only for killing, this property isn't widely known.
  • Zombie Ranch, in which The Undead are factory-farmed for the wonder-drug compounds in their blood.

    Web Original 
  • Mystery Flesh Pit National Park: The Flesh Pit's "ballast bulbs" secrete a fluid known as amniotic ballast which can treat both cancer and dementia but has been known to cause addictions, with many suffering from "depressive withdrawal periods" after the park was shut down in 2007.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In "Escape from the Citadel", the blood from the Guardians of the Citadel can not only heal wounds, but also regrow flesh and muscles — not missing limbs, though. This can extend to an entire skeleton, as the Lich is unfortunate enough to experience.
  • American Dad!: In "Big Trouble in Little Langley", Francine's mother, Ma Ma Ling, uses monkey dung to treat Haley's cold sore, which she calls "whore lip". It does not seem to actually work, though.
  • Disenchantment has elf blood, an ingredient for the Elixir of Life which, when inserted into the Eternity Pendant, can grant the wearer immortality or heal them from any injury or other affliction. However, it has to be blood from a full-blooded elf, or it will not work.
  • Drawn Together: When Wooldoor learns about the joys of masturbation, it turns out that the resulting "clum babies" can heal any illness... as well as being a great lubricant for squeaky hinges!
  • In The Fairly OddParents, drinking fairy sweat temporarily gives the ability to make one wish and have it come true.
  • In Dragons: Race to the Edge, a rare species of dragon, the Buffalord, has medicinal saliva which is the only known cure for the disease known as the Scourge of Odin. However, this is only after it chews a special type of grass.
  • The Simpsons: In "Treehouse of Horror XX", Bart is immune to a zombie plague. The other still-human residents of Springfield want to kill, cut up and eat him in order to acquire his immunity. They eventually decide to have him bathe in a soup for them to eat in order to acquire the immunity without killing him.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The title character's spit can heal injuries or illness (even damage to inanimate objects) and turn plants into Plant Mooks. His mother, Rose Quartz, could do the same with her tears.
    • The Diamond Authority's sweatnote  can bring some materials to life, and is part of what other gems are made of. It's likely that Steven's spit and Rose's tears are a different form of the same substance. Combining the essence of all four Diamonds together cures gem corruption and can repair a shattered gem from their fragments.

    Real Life 
  • In traditional Chinese medicine, animal parts and fluids are believed to cure various ailments. However, there's very little scientific evidence to suggest any of it actually works better than a placebo, and unfortunately, it also puts a high bounty on several endangered species. This has particularly had a negative impact on Chinese paleontology since local dinosaur fossils, which are often particularly well-preserved, were held to be the bones of dragons and ground into fine powder for the same medicinal purposes.

Top