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Phase II documentation of Philippine traditional knowledge and practice on health and development of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on health for selected ethnolinguistic groups: the Subanon people of Mandih, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.


Marilou C. Elago,
Rhea Felise A. Dando,
Jhoan Rhea L. Pizon,
Rainier M. Galang,
Isidro C. Sia

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University of the Philippines Manila

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development - Department of Science and Technology

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Publication Information

Publication Type
Research Report
May 16, 2012-August 30, 2013


An ethnopharmacological study of the Subanon was conducted from May 2012 to May 2013. The one-year study included documentation primarily of the indigenous healing practices and ethnopharmacological knowledge of the Subanon. The ethnohistorical background of the tribe was also included in the study. The study covered the Barangay Mandih, Zamboanga del Norte. A total of 83 plants and 11 other natural products, 6 traditional healers and 1 focus group discussion in the community were documented. Documentation employed the use of prepared ethnopharmacological templates which include: medicinal plants and other natural products, herbarial compendium of selected medicinal plants, local terminology of condition and treatments, rituals and practices, and traditional healer's templates. Immersion in the community was the primary method employed. Interview and participant observation, and forest visits were utilized to gather data. Focus group discussions were also done as a form of data validation. Formalized informed consent for this study was asked from the National Commission of Indigenous People, barangay officials, and from different key individuals prior to the documentation and collection of medicinal plants.

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