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002. A Healer's Guide

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Post by Daisyleap on Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:06 pm

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This is an important read for the roleplay - every Healer and Healer's appprentice should know the following, as well as the Contract Keepers of Vulkaria. It is recommended to know each illness and how to treat it even if you are not a Healer so you can be prepared. If you see something is missing or needs to be updated, please message @Daisyleap.
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HERBS

Alder- Tall tree that grows in boggy, wetland areas. Leaves are simple and serrated (toothed). The bark is dark and often covered in moss. Twigs are spotted and sticky to touch. The bark can be eaten or licked to cure a toothache

Adder’s Tongue- Found buried in soil, has purple-blotched leaves. Induces vomiting if eaten. Poultice can be applied to swellings and ulcers to treat them.

Beech- Large tree usually with a thick trunk that grows in sandy or chalky soil. Wood is rather smooth and usually somewhat gray in color. Iconic oval leaves with defined straight lines. Leaves are often used to carry medicine supplies. Also can be used as a bowl of sorts. Oil from the nuts can be applied directly to wounds to fight and prevent infection.

Bindweed- A vine-like plant with white, trumpet-like flowers and distinctive arrow-shaped green leaves. Grows almost anywhere like ivy. Vines can be used to tie things, most importantly sticks to broken legs to set the break. 

Blackberry- Also called bramble. Very common and grows in most forests. A stout bush characteristically very prickly. Leaves grow in threes and are olive-green with reddish-brown tinged edges. Younger leaves are completely brown-red. Chewing the leaves into a poultice can be applied to bee stings to bring down the pain and swelling

Bloodroot- Grows in rich open forests. Has a wax-like white flower, a single leaf with a pale underside. The roots are orange-red and smell bitter. Very poisonous, use only for self-defense!

Borage- Commonly found in gardens and old dwellings. The whole plant is rough with white and prickly hairs. Flowers are blue or purple and star-shaped. Leaves are eaten to stimulate milk in mothers. Can also bring down fevers.

Broom- Hardy meadow shrubs with small leaves and tiny yellow flowers that grow upwards in a tall cone. Is used to make poultices for broken bones

Burdock- Stout plant with large wavy leaves and purple flowers enclosed in a burr. Found in damp areas. Has a very sharp smell and dark leaves. Leaves can be eaten to treat indigestion. A poultice of chewed root is very important in the treatment of rat bites.

Burnet- Small bush that grows in dry meadows. Has multiple oval-shaped leaves on multiple single stalks. In leaf-fall and late green-leaf, large clusters of small flower buds grow on the top of the plant. It is eaten as a travelling herb to keep an animal's strength up.

Catchweed- A very small weed with fuzzy green orbs that grow tiny white flowers on long stems. Found where ever there is a lot of long grass and low vegetation. Burrs are very rarely used to keep poultices in place without irritating the wound or skin.

Catmint- Also known as catnip. Is very rare to find in the wild and can normally only be found in Twoleg gardens. Is a very delicious-smelling plant that is low to the ground and possesses small, bumpy, slightly fuzzy leaves. Are eaten to treat greencough and whitecough. Collect in the day so the morning dew will be gone and it won’t rot in storage.

Celandine- An uncommon yellow flower with four petals and long pollen-stems. Has a prickly, fuzzy stem. Found in sunny areas of forests or meadows. Nectar is trickled into damaged eyes.

Chamomile- A small, daisy-like white flower with a large and bulbous yellow center. Has a heavy and sweet smell. Blossoms and petals are eaten to strengthen and calm the heart and mind. Also given for strength when traveling.

Chervil- A sweet-smelling plant that is large and very leafy. Has fern-like leaves and small white flowers. Roots are dark brown, gnarled and knobby. Grows in forests among rocky areas. Leaves are chewed and spit out for the juice on infected wounds. They can also be eaten to sooth a bellyache. They also assist in nausea that sometimes occurs when kitting.

Chickweed- A tall, vibrantly green plant with a hard stem and broad, almond-shaped leaves. Sometimes has tiny, five-petaled flowers. Found in forest areas among rocks. Eaten to treat greencough, but is not as strong as catmint.

Cob Nuts- Smooth, brown nut that is a member of the hazelnut family. Found under hazel nut trees. Chewed and made into ointments that would otherwise be too soupy to apply. Also used to attract prey.

Cobwebs- Webs from a spider, normally old or abandoned. Can be best found in dark and secluded areas. Used like a cloth on open wounds to stop bleeding. Applied to recovering wounds to keep medicine in place or protect the wound.

Coltsfoot- Found the most around wet places. Has iconic hoof-shaped green leaves and fluffy yellow flowers that look similar to dandelions. Leaves can be eaten to cure a cough. A good thing to give to youth who are having trouble breathing.

Comfrey- Small, short plant with very large and broad leaves and very tiny, purple, bell-shaped flowers. Found in damp and grassy areas, mostly where there are a lot of dew-filled mornings. Roots are chewed into a poultice. Treats broken bones,soothes open wounds, applied to wrenched or twisted claws or talons. Leaves ease stiffness in shoulders and legs if lined in a nest.

Coneflower- Rich purple flower whose petals are seated in a high cone. Is very sweet smelling and tasting. Grows in northern rugged areas near short pine trees. Roots and leaves eaten to give strength and disease resistance

Daisy- Small plant with a circular, iconic white flower with many petals and a yellow center. Found nearly everywhere. Dark oval leaves are chewed into a paste to apply to aching joints. Can also be eaten to prevent joint pain when traveling

Dandelion- A memorable yellow flower with long, weak, hollow stems. A half moon after the weed blooms, the yellow flower turns into a white sphere of minuscule smaller flowers that blow away in the wind. Is extremely, annoyingly common. Liquid within the hollow stems is applied to bee stings to help them get better. Leaves can also be eaten to treat pain but taste awful.

Deadly Nightshade- An obviously deadly poisonous plant. It is found under the shade of trees, on wooded hills, and will grow very luxuriantly, forming bushy plants that are several feet high when not exposed to a lot of sun. Leaves are dull, dark-ish green in color and of unequal size. The lower leaves are solitary. They are all oval in shape and begin off of short petioles (leaf stems). Soft, downy hairs may occur on young stems and leaves. The veins of the leaves are prominent on the underside. The leaves both smell and taste awful and bitter. In autumn, around the base of the petioles will grow shining black berries about the size of a small cherry. Despite their sickeningly sweet taste, these berries are the most fatal part of the plantUse only for self-defense!

Deathberries (Yew)- A quite large and poisonous plant. Found in most forests. Identifiable by it’s red and stout, pealing trunk and pine-like leaves. It’s red, pitted berries grow on the stems of the needled leaves and are very poisonous to eat. Are sometimes used to end a suffering or old animal's life, but only if they ask for them.

Dock- A common, large leafed plant with a tangy, almost sour, smell and taste. Doesn’t grow on mountain-sides but is easy to find in leafy, relatively flat forests. Leaves can be applied in a poultice to reduce swelling, help skin issues, and heal broken or injured paw padsStings quite badly when applied. If placed in nests, can sooth the pains of recent wounds.

Elder- A short-trunked, few-branched tree with corky, furrowed bark. It has feather-like leaves with toothed leaflets that smell horrible when touched. It grows in woodlands that are not too cold and have weak winters. It is most commonly found near rabbit holes and badger sets. Can be used to help treat sprains. However, never eat - they cause a horrible unknown sickness. Animals wouldn't know, but the leaves and most of the other parts of the plant contain cyanide.

Fennel- Has very tiny yellow flower clumps on thin stalks. Very thin and spiky leaves. Grows wild in most temperate areas. Easily fond around streams and on the coast. Juice can be consumed for treatment of chronic coughs, mainly whitecough, and ease the pain of blackcough. Eating fennel suppresses hunger. Also helps pain in hips.

Feverfew- Composite plant that grows nearly everywhere, but most commonly near water. Has numerous, small, daisy-like heads of yellow flowers with outer white rays. Leaves are broad and downy. Most commonly eaten to sooth a fever. Also eaten to treat coughscoldswheezing, and difficult breathing. Can help with colic. Is very bitter.

Foxglove- A flower that is long and bellshaped. Is pink and hollow. Grows in temperate regions. Tiny black seeds can cause paralysis and heart failure, but in small quantities can treat heart problems.

Goldenrod- Grows on moors. Is a tall plant with clumps of bright, tiny yellow flowers and narrow, pointy leaves. Chewed into a poultice and applied to wounds. Considered the best herb for speeding up the healing of wounds and treating them in general. However is rarely found in forests or mountainsides.

Heather- A common moor plant known for its purple or grayish-purple, tiny clumps of sweet flowers on stalks. Is sometimes used in mixtures to make them easier to eat with their sweetness.

Holly- Plant with shiny, dark green, spiky-edged leaves and plump red berries. Found almost anywhere woody. Berries are very poisonousUse only for self-defense!

Honey- Golden and sticky liquid made by bees and found in their hives. Taken with bitter herbs to get them down easier. Mixed with some poultices to make them hold to wounds easier. Can be given to kits without someone to suckle from as a nutrient substitute. Is very good for smoke-damaged throats. Also gives energy.

Horsetail- Found in temperate northern regions. Fern-like in appearance with fronds that resemble pine fronds with its needle-like leaves. A decoction applied directly to a wound will help stop the bleeding and promotes a faster healing. Also can reduce eye swelling.

Ivy- Found in vines growing on trees, cliffs, and rocks. Has green leaves with white edges and a half-star shape. Vines still growing on a wall or tree-trunk be used to store herbs.

Juniper Berries- Dark-green bush that grows in areas that aren’t wet. Has very spiky leaves and clumps of purple or blue berries. Berries are eaten to sooth bellyaches. Can be used to give strength and calm animals. Tastes sweet.

Knotgrass- A very common weed found relatively anywhere. The stems can grow up to six feet in length, with leaves that alternate and are stalk-less. Leaves are narrow and oval. Roots are very strong and branching. A tonic can be made out of knotgrass to treat diarrhea. It can be directly administered to kill worms and fleas.


Labrador Tea- Found in taiga and mountainous biomes. It is a shrub that grows to a height of four to five feet with irregular and woolly branches. Leaves are alternate and elliptical or oblong. The upper-side of the leaves are smooth and the underside is woolly, with edges that are rolled back. Bees are greatly attracted to the large, white, five-petaled flower clusters. It can be made into a poultice and rubbed on the chest and neck to treat coughs and chest infections. Tastes and smells spicy, slightly like mint.

Lamb’s Ear- A small, very soft, fuzzy whitish-green plant. Fuzzy leaves resemble sheep ears. Very common on mountains. Eaten to give strength

Lavender- Found near abandoned roads. A grassy bush with tall clumps of small purple flowers. Has a sweet and calming scent. Cures fever and chills if placed in an animal's nest and inhaled constantly. Also placed on the bodies of the dead to hide the scent of death, especially at burial.

Mallow- A short plant with fuzzy, three-pointed leaves that are somewhat bumpy. Sweet-smelling purple flowers with narrow, heart-shaped petals. Grows best near the seashore. Only harvest at sunhigh when they are dry for they rot easily. Eaten to sooth bellyaches.

Marigold- Found in wet meadows and along streams. Showy dark-green plant with a very large buttercup, usually red or yellow. Infusion of flowers prevent seizuresPoultice can be applied to wounds to prevent and fight infection. Can also be used for inflamed joints.

Mint- Low-growing plant with downy and serrated leaves. Leaves can be anywhere from green to purple to yellow but keep their white fuzz. Very sharp, minty smell and taste. Found anywhere that is wooded and rugged. Rubbed on a dead body to hide the scent of death. Also can be eaten with food or rubbed on a mother's belly when her youth are having trouble suckling

Mouse Bile- Stomach bile taken from a dead mouse. Used to remove ticks and fleas from pelts. 

Oak Leaves- Dry leaves are taken from the forest floor. Best found during autumn. Poultice chewed and applied thickly on wounds to stop infection from spreading.

Oleander- A lesser known poisonous flower. All parts are toxic to most animals. It is a shrub that can grow up to twelve feet high with wide, white, red, or pink rose-like blossoms. Leaves are thin and waxy. It thrives in hot or sunny places. Use only for self-defense!

Parsley- Found in moist soils that have a lot of sun. Grows low to the ground. Leaves are broad and crinkly and have ragged edges. Has tiny clumps of five to eight white or yellow flowers on a branching stalk. Generally has little use in most mammals but can stop milk flow in some mothers. Is poisonous to birds

Poison Ivy- A very powerful irritant that causes horrible, itchy skin lesions and can cause fur loss. Widely distributed in dark parts of forests. Roots are reddish and branching. Leaves are rather large and three-parted. The central leaflet is the longest and the lateral ones are almost stalkless. When dry the leaves are papery and brittle, sometimes with black spots. Plant grows low to the ground. It can be ingested for a nervous system sedative (temporary paralysis), but causes irritation and delirium.

Poppy- Common field flower that is a rich scarlet color. Seeds are eaten in small quantities for relaxation and as a sleep aid. Too many too often can cause addiction.

Ragwort- Tall shrubs with yellow flowers. Leaves are tiny but numerous. Always tastes rotten. Found in cool areas that get a lot of rainfall. Applied in a poultice to treat aching joints and keep the joints’ strength up.

Ragweed- Commonly found in the mountains among mountain rocks. Is a ragged-leaved plant that looks similar to a fern. Eaten for strength and energy.

Raspberry- Looks very similar to a blackberry (or bramble) bush, but leaves are soft to the touch with sharp toothed edges. Has red berries that look exactly like blackberries. Leaves are given to mothers to stop bleeding during birthBerries can be used to coax out prey.

Rosemary- Tall, needled bush with small, light-purple flowers. Found relatively anywhere that is dry. Put on a dead animal to hide their scent, especially at burial. It is seen as a bad omen to smell rosemary when there is none around.

Rush- Long, very, very thin leaved plant with dark reddish-purple heads on its stalks. Grows in soils that don’t seem to grow anything else. Hard stalks are used to bind broken bones.

Saffron- Grows in meadows and forest clearings only in green-leaf. Low plant with grass-like leaves and lily-shaped pink flowers. Parts of plant eaten before and/or after birth to prevent or stop heavy bleeding respectively. 

Sage- 
Generally grows about a foot high and has wiry stems. Leaves are in pairs up the stem and are oblong with rounded ends. They have prominent veins. Flowers grow only in late green-leaf and are in whorls, purplish and lipped. All parts have a strong herbal odor and have a warm, bitter taste. Most commonly found in forests near the coast. Drinking a tonic of water and crushed sage can soothe the throatFresh leaves can be rubbed on teeth to strengthen them in elders

Sorrel- Tall plant with arrow-shaped leaves. Tiny round red flowers on a stalk. Roots and leaves used to help with heavy bleeding. Grows pretty much anywhere. Is also used to give appetite

Stick- A thin twig usually found on the ground. Given to animals in pain to bite on to keep them from crying out too much. Also used in binding broken bones.

Sticklewort- A woody root with black stem, some spikes, and small flowers and leaflets. Found in dry thickets in fields. When mixed in a tonic of water and honey, can be ingested to fix the worst stomachaches and, surprisingly, snake bites (if taken immediately).

Stinging Nettle-
 A strange-looking bushy plant with yellow-green, long, and toothed leaves. Is most distinguished from its strange strings of very tiny bulbs. Has tall, hard, brown or green stems. Leaves and steps can be covered in hairs that are either soft or spiky. Found all over forests, and most common in moist fields. Seeds are eaten by an animal to induce vomiting. Seeds and leaves can also be chewed and applied to swelling areas. Can be mixed with comfrey to help heal broken bones. Stems also help with infection.

Sweet Sadge- Thick, reed-like stem with long corn-like buds at the top. Grows only in leaf-bare. Most common near rivers or streams. Sap is swallowed to ease internal infections.

Tansy- 
Vertical and leafy stem, very tall. In leaf-fall, yellow flowers grow described as round and flat ‘buttons’. Can generally grow anywhere in a wood. Poultice applied to sprains and swelling.

Tormentil- A small yellow flower with tiny stems and a strong aromatic smell. Found in most cool or even cold areas. Poultices can be applied to all wounds and even snake bites

Thyme- Commonly found at the base of rotted trees. Has very small, narrow and elliptical, dark leaves. Small, pink stemmed buds grow out of the topmost leaves. Thyme is generally combined with other herbsAlone can be eaten to treat headaches and toothaches.

Valerian- Stout plant with thin leaves and fluffy purple flowers on a thin stalk. Found on mountains in cool but not cold areas with open skies. Roots are eaten to calm nerves, dull pain, and promote sleep. Seen as a stronger poppy seed because body actually becomes numb and weak from consumption. Leaf juice can be rubbed on claws.

Water Hemlock- 
Grows in wet and marshy areas and occasionally partly submerged in water. Has thin, jagged-edged leaves. Tiny green or white flowers grow in umbrella-shaped clusters. Causes painwrithing, and foaming at the mouth (seizures).

Watermint- A green and leafy plant with small purple flowers that grow in a sphere. Eaten to ease a bellyache. Found in streams or very damp soil.

Wild Cherry- A large tree that produces white, pink, and (very rarely) red blossoms. Also referred to as sakura. Bark is very dark and reddish, nearly black. The cherries are about the size of a pea and are glossy and sweet. A tonic made of bark can be used as a sedative and is a surprising treatment to greencough.

Wild Garlic- Strong smelling, grass-like plant with white, round roots. Found at forest entrances. Rolling in it can disguise scent. Can be chewed after vomiting to get rid of bad breath. Can be applied to bites or scratches to prevent infection, especially those from rats

Willow- Tall and thin tree with long, curtain-like strands of multiple narrow leaves and flowers, usually brown, light green, or white. Bark can be chewed to ease pain or bit on when in pain like a stick. Willow leaves can be eaten to stop vomiting.

Wintergreen- Very similar in appearance to holly. Has small, dark green leaves and tiny red berries. Was thought to treat wounds and poisons but should be avoided because of looking so similar to the deadly holly.

Witch Hazel- 
Found in the Northern East of most continents. Looks similar to an apple tree but much smaller. Has smooth gray bark, oval leaves with prominent veins and slightly wrinkled. The leaves fall off in leaf-fall but small yellow flowers appear at that time. A poultice heavy in water with a slight oil content from the plant can be applied to wounded eyes to help treat them. A poultice made of both crushed seeds and leaves can be applied to the most painful of swellings to sooth them.

Yarrow- Grows pretty much everywhere. Stem is hard and long. Small white flowers grow in clumps. Eating any part of the plant fresh induces vomitingDry yarrow eaten in small quantities has been known to open bloodflow (when bitten by snake or in shock) and to help with colds.


TERMINOLOGY AND ILLNESSES


Ingest- To eat or drink, consume.

Sedate- To make sleepy or make fall asleep. To calm.

Tonic- Similar to a poultice, but ingested. Herbal material is crushed or chewed then placed on a broad, cupping leaf where water is applied to make the mixture a drinkable liquid.

Poultice- A soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material, applied to the body. Healers chew and spit out or crush (depending on the oils in a plant and how they may affect oneself if ingested while chewing) a plant’s leaves, roots, or seeds to be used in a poultice. Sometimes water from moss may be applied to make the poultice more moist. Occasionally honey may be used to make the poultice stick to the body better.

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Acute cough- An uncommon illness effecting weak kits. Usually happens to kits that had a difficult birth or did not start breathing right away. Identified by a harsh cough that weakens the kit. Usually harmless but very persistent and can lead to weak lungs.

Whitecough- Synonymous to a cold. Characterized by a running nose and eyes and a lasting slight cough. If left untreated, it can turn into greencough.

Greencough- Similar to the flu. Symptoms include a running nose and eyes, chest pain, slight trouble breathing, a wet and loud cough that produces mucous, and tiredness. Sometimes causes a really bad fever. Can cause death if left untreated.

Blackcough- A horrible but rare disease that can come from nowhere. There is no known cure, only ways to help cope with it. It almost always results in death. It is unlike whitecough or greencough and does not come from those illnesses. It begins with chills and a cough with a lack of appetite. Weakness, dizziness, and nausea then ensue along with a worsening cough that results in blackish blood being hacked up. Wheezing and difficulty breathing are the worst part and normally are what kills the ill. It is believed that blood that is coughed up can cause blackcough in any that touch it.

Bloodcough- It is from a mice-carried sickness. A fever that makes you tired and makes simple things like crossing the camp a big deal, you can cough up blood and have a sore throat, and you can have illusions and visions and weird dreams as well as throw up. It spreads quickly. It is very hard to get rid of even with the cure. The only remedy is costmary, which is so hard to find that it is recommended just to end the ill's suffering right away and feed them deathberries.

Purplefever- A fever that makes you have illusions and visions and weird dreams as well as makes you throw up. This illness is most common in elders, and is synonymous to schizophrenia. This illness can sadly not be cured, but treatment with poppy seeds and other various herbs can help.

Shock (Emotional)- Can sometimes happen when great trauma has just occurred to an individual. Characterized by a lack of emotion or empathy, denial, ceasing to communicate, and rocking back and forth. Treat with poppy seeds, comfort, and, in extreme cases, valerian.

Shock (Physical)- Occurs due to blood loss and/or extreme pain. Characterized by chills, numbness, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure (not that animals can really check that), and weakness. Is life-threatening because poor blood supply and breathing can lead to cardiac arrest or cellular damage (again, animals wouldn’t know the science behind it but they know that it kills). Treat by giving water, honey, and small quantities of dry yarrow. Cover and treat any bleeding wounds or broken bones.

Smoke Inhalation- Is caused by the obvious: breathing in smoke. Severity is determined based on the amount of coughing, if wheezing and nausea are present, and listening to victim's chest.

Poisoning- Poisoning is the ingestion of a substance that causes harm to the body, such as eating or drinking poisonous substances or plants such as deathberries. Usually youth accidentally do this, being curious and unaware of the danger. Other causes are eating poisoned or rotten prey or drinking tainted water, inhaling too much smoke from a fire, or being bitten by a venomous animal. If only a small quantity of poison is ingested, the victim mostly receives a bellyache, but larger amounts can cause the death of the victim. 

Loss of Sensory Perception- An animal may lose his/her eyesight or hearing due to old age, accidents, infections, or birth defects. These conditions usually end their career as a warrior, as they cannot hunt or fight efficiently, and must retire as elders. Children born with defects usually die young, unless they have special skills compensating it. Children that are white with blue eyes have a higher chance of being born deaf.

Joint Aches- A condition usually associated with elders, the joints gradually degenerating with age, causing pain and difficulty to move. Damp environments can cause the appearance of this condition, so apprentices must make sure that the moss they gather for bedding is completely dry. 

Toothache- A toothache is caused by a cracked tooth, cavities, or an infection in the mouth. It is not too deadly and can be easily and quickly cured by alder bark. 

Chills- Chills are mostly associated with cold weather or being submerged in cold water. Children and elders are more at risk of dying when they get a chill. Licking a mammal's fur the wrong way gets the blood flowing again. 

Cracked Pads- The paw pads may crack while walking long distances on hard surfaces, or due to cold weather. Elders are especially prone to this condition. 

Cloudmouth- Synonymous to rabies. Cloudmouth is very contagious, spread from the mere bite, scratch, or saliva contact of someone infected. Depending on what stage the infected animal is at when they come in contact with the victim, Cloudmouth can have no symptoms until two weeks to a year after the contamination. Characteristics of this disease include a distinct fear of water, inability to swallow, sleep, drink, or eat, mania, foaming at the mouth (to which the disease is named), paranoia, rage, and, three days to a week after symptoms show, always results in death. There is no treatment as of now. The infected should be heavily and carefully sedated and sadly left to die outside of Realm territory for the safety of the rest of the Realm. If cleared by the Realm's leaders, feeding deathberries to cats with Cloudmouth may be a dire action to take. Those suspected to be infected that still have their sanity should always be asked if they want this option.



INJURIES AND TECHNIQUES

Sprains- Sprains are injuries to ligaments of a joint, caused by being stretched beyond their normal capacity and possibly torn. It causes severe pain and decreased ability to move the joint. The victim must rest for several days. 

Joint Dislocation- Joint dislocation is the displacement of a bone from its normal joint. Healers treat this condition by first feeding the patient poppy seeds to make them sleepy so they don't feel it as much, and then forcing the limb back into the joint.

Broken Bones- A broken bone is usually the result of an accident, such as falling down from a high place. Four-legged mammals most often break their legs, and while Healers try to bind the bone with cobwebs, the injury usually results in the cat remaining crippled for the rest of his or her life.  A more severe injury is when the victim breaks his or her backbone. This results in them being unable to feel or move parts of his or her body. If the break is bad enough the victim will be killed on or shortly after impact.

Wounds- Wounds are injuries when the skin and the muscles beneath are torn, cut, or punctured. They may put the victim's life in danger due to blood loss, infections, or the damage of the organs. Wounds are the most common injuries, due to the animals always fighting enemy Realms. Minor wounds heal on their own in no time, but severe wounds must be treated by a Healer.


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- Gently nipping or poking the victim's spine is done to see if the backbone is broken. Can also be done on the tail or legs to see if they are broken as well. 

- Licking a mammal's fur is done to help clean wounds, calm them in shock or grieving, or warm one that is extremely cold. Normally childrens’ fur is licked the wrong way at birth to help them start to breath and warm them.

- Herbs such as mint and lavender are placed on the dead before burial to hide their death-scent.

- Using honey, plants such as berries or mint, or prey’s blood can be used to make herbs easier to eat.

- Holding a swelling wound in cold water helps soothe and heal the swelling. Victims can also soothe their scraped paw pads by soaking them in water.

- Soaking moss in water should be used to cool feverish patients or provide for those that are too weak to get their own water.

- Telling the victim to yowl, wail, or yell loudly can sometimes clear their lungs and chest of mucus.

- Patting a descended belly while your ear is pressed up against it can determine if a patient is pregnant, has worms, or is bloated, depending on the sound and feel of the belly. Belly will be hard and sound like distant rushing water if pregnant, will sound dull and have a painful give to it if it is worms, and will sound bubbly if bloated.

- Swimming is great therapy for patients with weak muscles or bones. Also helps elders with inflamed joints or muscles.

- When removing a burr or torn claw, do not pull directly upwards but instead at an angle. This limits pain and makes it slightly easier to remove.

- If any herbs are wet, leave them in the sun to dry. It is best not to harvest herbs in morning or right after a lot of rain. Wet herbs will rot.

- Never completely deplete a herb where it grows so it can grow more later, unless the Realm is truly desperate and/or you are positive there is another supply somewhere.

- Berries that are poisonous such as holly and yew berries can be used to kill predators, but can also be used to kill a suffering animal ONLY if they ask for them and you know there is not much else you can do to treat them.

- Its not always best to gather fresh herbs directly when stock of one gets low. Leaving camp too often in search of herbs is inadvisable. Instead, try to plan herb gathering trips when there are three or so piles getting low. Never wait too long however.

- Never give a pregnant animal more than three herbs during the birth or any amount of poppy seeds (as they may become too sedated or sleepy to push). Some herbs and herb combinations will cause them to bleed more or prolong the birth. Choose which herbs you give to a birthing mother wisely, or give none if it is not truly necessary.

-Vomiting should be induced immediately when it has been found that the victim has eaten something poisonous. Very rarely, this will also be done when the victim has a severe bellyache.





CODE, TASKS, AND PRACTICES


1. A Healer cannot take a mate.

2. A Healer cannot have kits.

3. A Healer will never let personal feelings get in the way of his or her duties.

4. Healers are outside Realm rivalry and are, in most cases, not to be touched when they are traveling across borders.

5. A Healer may be trained in as a warrior before becoming a Healer, but it is difficult for a Healerto become a warrior.

6. Healers are outside Realm rivalries, but they still must learn basic fighting moves.

7. A Healer is the one to interpret signs and omens from Kiroho. 

8. Healers cannot reject an injured cat.

9. A Healer must do everything in his or her power to save a sick or injured animal.

10. A Healer will give his or her life to save a patient.

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To be a Healer, you must be prepared to...

- Know all of the herbs and store a supply of them in your den.

- Treat wounded and sick animals.

- Assist mothers while they are pregnan, giving birth, or nursing.

- Actively check up on the health of your Realm.

- Visit the Realms' sacred place at every half moon to seek guidance from Kiroho.

- Interpret prophecies and omens and sharing them with the Realm's leaders.

- Upon the death of a king or queen, accompany the deputy to the sacred place to be appointed as the next leader.

- Train an apprentice as the Realms' next Healer. 

- Visit Kiroho when in a crisis that requires direct communication with them.

- Prepare deceased Realm members for burial.

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- Apprentices, at six moons, are brought to the Realm's sacred place to be introduced and named before Kiroho.

- Despite popular belief, Healer's apprentices are not generally expected to treat patients themselves. They are to watch and observe, only treating a patient as they are instructed to do so.

- An apprentice is to be given their full Healer name by their mentor, not the Realm's leaders, at the Realm's sacred place.

- Once becoming a full Healer, the apprentice gets full duties even if their mentor is still alive.

- Healers normally preform their duties until death.

- Though Healers are not allowed to take mates or have kits, a warrior that has previously had a mate and kits but no longer has their mate may become a Healer.

- Most Healers and their apprentices are briefly taught to hunt but normally stay in camp.

- Healers are to visit the Realm's sacred place to communicate to Kiroho every half moon, however they can miss a moon here and there with no repercussions save they might worry about not receiving important information.
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