can mean the science or practise of diagnosing and treating or preventing disease. It's also any drug or preparation used to treat disease – I think that's what most of us immediately think of when we hear the word. Medicine
can also describe a spell or charm thought to cure disease.
Taking your medicine
means to put up with something unpleasant, whereas having a dose of your own medicine
means to endure something you've inflicted on others.
A medicine man
is someone with powers of healing within themselves, rather than a dispenser of drugs. A medicine chest
is any container which holds drugs or medication.
are traditional remedies, some of which work extremely well. Next time you have a sore throat, try gargling with sage tea. Tastes awful, but does the trick. Talking of traditions, you might like this free to enter short story competition from On The Premises
, which has that theme. First prize is $220.
Am I the only person who doesn't trust any medicine
which tastes nice?