Sunday, January 5, 2020

Resplendent Apothecary ch 73 - Grandpa's Foot Injury (3)

Oy! This was so pathetic. All her skills and she was worried about utilizing them. Having to hide her skills was about to kill her!

“Aye! Our Xiao Ye-zi, just after a day and you already looked like a real doctor! No wonder your master said you are very talented!” Looking at Gu Ye’s serious face and her leave-like brows almost furrowed into a straight line, he couldn’t help but to tease her.

From the beginning of time, healer and apothecary have always been one of the same. As the words have it, the sage healer and the sage apothecary were students from the same master, it was just that they have different specialties. So it wasn’t an odd thing that the apothecary was also a healer!

“Wait here, grandpa. Let me go ask Master and see what we can do for your leg!”

She ran off before Gu Xiao could respond. Instead of heading toward the east wing where the sage apothecary was staying, she headed straight back to her own room. Carefully she put the lock down and entered the dimension with a brief thought.

She looked through her own inventory and she didn’t have any arthritis cream left! But, she had the ingredients memorized and she had already collected all of them. She left quite a bit of time in her laboratory and finally completed the ointment and cream that could relieve some of the arthritic pain.

On her way out, she took apart an electric heating pad containing coarse salt and, using her non-existing sewing skill, sew the salt into cotton fabric before heading to her master’s room.

“Master, will hot compress relieve some of the aching in my grandpa leg?” Gu Ye recounted her grandfather’s symptom to her master and asked casually.

The sage apothecary thought about it for a while and said, “It will probably be difficult for your grandfather’s leg to recover all the way. I am not even sure if the sage healer could pull that one off. But, if he is more attentive normally and not let it gets too cold, some of the symptoms can be alleviated. If we have the right ingredients, my special brand of ‘huoxue zhitong’ (“better circulation and analgesic”) paste will be somewhat effective.”

“Master, look at this Smilax and Earth Dragon prescription in the Compendium of Materia Medica. It said here that it will ‘promote blood circulation and remove obstruction in arteries and veins; warm the meridian and rid of moisture.’ Sound like it matches up to grandpa’s symptoms quite well!” Sage apothecary was such a fanatic when it came to the Compendium of Materia Medica. Gu Ye flipped through it quickly in the afternoon and recalled seeing some mentioning of a prescription for arthritis.

The sage apothecary took the encyclopedia over and read: smilax – 15 g, pheretima (earth worm) – 15 g, one centipede, astragalus – 40 g, cinnamon – 10 g, Piper kadsura (Choisy)  – 10 g, Clematis chinensis Osbeck – 10 gram, Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch – 8 g. One a day, boil in water for 20 minutes. There were also appendix below it – if the joint was reddened and swollen, optional to add Lonicerajaponica Thunb – 15 g, Anemarrhena asphodeloides – 10 g, Phellodendron chinense Schneid 2.5 g; if patient’s joints experienced severely pain in cold weather, optional to add…..; if the joint had deformation from chronic symptoms and had difficult flexing and extending, optional to add…..

“This is INCREDIBLE! This prescription is just amazing!! With this prescription, there just might be hope for your grandpa’s recovery! Good disciple, if you can learn this book inside and out, then you can totally take over the title of Sage Healer! HAHAHA!!!” The sage apothecary laughed maniacally. It had been dozens of years and his shi de had always been better than him in his healing skills and it had always bothered him. Finally, the chance of him being able to gloat was just right around the corner!!

But, his precious disciple just nodded at him calmly. With a “Oh”, she turned around and left. Whatever did she mean by that?


The highest level of an herbalist or a healer was a life goal pursued by many. Why was it that his disciple was so unambitious? What a strange girl! That said, she might be strange, but she was crazy talented. Given time, her skills would definitely surpass even that of his, and became one that was respected by all others!

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