Herbal medicine

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Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine

A pack of herbal concoctions typically extracted from the healroot plant. It is less potent than industrial pharmaceuticals, but much better than nothing.

Base Stats

Type
Medical ItemsMedicine
Tech Level
Neolithic
Market Value
10 Silver
Stack Limit
25
Mass
0.35 kg
Beauty
-4
HP
60
Deterioration Rate
6
Flammability
130%
Days To Start Rot
150
Rotatable
False
Path Cost
15

Medical

Medical Potency
60%
Max medical tend quality
70%
Technical
defName
MedicineHerbal


Herbal medicine is an organic medicine used in doctoring to improve the results of medical treatment over not using medicine at all, but is significantly less effective than medicine and glitterworld medicine. In addition, herbal medicine will spoil in 150 days, or 2.5 years, if not refrigerated. See Temperature for details. It will also deteriorate when left outdoors, under the usual conditions.

Acquisition

Herbal medicine can be harvested from healroot and wild healroot, purchased from neolithic traders, or found on Tribal pawns.

Summary

Any form of medicine can be used whenever a doctor tends to an injury or disease. In most cases, medicine does not directly cause healing. Instead, using medicine and better types of medicine will increase tend quality, increasing the rate of healing for injuries, or slowing down progression of a disease. For gut worms and muscle parasites, tend quality is directly used to cure the disease.

Experience

The amount of XP gained from tending depends on the type of medicine used, and what it is used on (human or animal). The equation for this is:

XP = Patient XP Factor × Medicine XP Factor × Doctor's Learning Rate

Where:

  • Patient XP Factor is a multiplier from the patient type. ×175 for animal patients, and ×500 for human patients.
  • Medicine XP Factor is the medicine's potency multiplied by 0.7, and clamped in the range of 0.5 and 1.
  • Doctor's Learning Rate is the doctor's own multiplier on XP gained for the medicine skill. See "Improving Skills" for more details.
Medicine Potency XP Factor Tend XP from patient
Human Animal
Doctor care but no medicine.png None 0.30 0.5 250 87.5
Herbal medicine Herbal medicine 0.60 0.5 250 87.5
Medicine Medicine 1.00 0.7 350 122.5
Glitterworld medicine Glitterworld medicine 1.60 1 500 175

Analysis

Herbal medicine is a cost-efficient choice for treating injuries or minor illness, where its maximun tend quality of 70% will suffice. It also combines well with the tend quality offset of hospital beds, which allow tending results above this normal maximum. If a sick colonist's immunity is sufficiently far ahead of the disease progress, herbal medicine can be used in place of better medicine.

Under most circumstances it is not practical to use herbal medicine for surgery, as a 60% medical potency means surgery has a greater chance to fail, unless using your most enhanced doctors.

Herbal medicine can be used to make medicine when combined with cloth and neutroamine at a drug lab, which requires somebody who has at least 4 intellectual and 4 crafting in order to do.

Version history

  • 0.8.657 - Added
  • Beta 19/1.0 - now has a limit to maximum tend quality.