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The herbalist was an old woman who resided in the ruins of Taku with her beloved cat, Miyuki. She was sought out by Aang to find a cure for a fever that Sokka and Katara had contracted.[1]


Herbalist garden

The herbalist made Miyuki's food with the plants and herbs in the institution.

This octogenarian devoted forty years of her life to making herbal medicines for wounded Earth Kingdom troops at an abandoned medical institution. For a time, she was the only person living in and taking care of the institute, as all her students left the area to support the war effort. Her only companion was Miyuki, her beloved cat.[2]

Aang learned that the herbalist lived at the top of a nearby mountain and traveled there to find a cure for Sokka and Katara after they fell ill. After a brief yet frustrating meeting with him, the old woman told Aang that his friends must suck on the frozen bodies of hibernating frogs to be cured, which could be found in many of the region's riverbeds.[1]

Zuko, Iroh, and June also encountered the herbalist when they were tracking the Avatar with June's shirshu by means of Katara's necklace.[3]


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)


  • Her affection for Miyuki is similar to her predecessor Pan's fondness for his pet cat.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (June 17, 2005). "The Blue Spirit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: The Herbalist.
  3. Wilcox, Ian (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 7, 2005). "Bato of the Water Tribe". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  4. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). Chapter Twenty-Nine, "The Ambush". The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
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