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Folk healing practices of Siquijor Island: Documentation of Philippine traditional knowledge and practices on health and development of traditional knowledge digital library on health.


Josel B. Mansueto,
Josie B. Rodriguez,
Bernadette O. Tan,
Isidro C. Sia ,
Irish Alysa V. Herlao,
June Kristine E. Ando,
Mario T. dela Peña,
Steven J. Sumaylo,
Ricky C. Jumawan,
Analiza V. Bais

Related Institution

University of the Philippines Manila

Publication Information

Publication Type
Research Project
September 1, 2014-July 1, 2015


An ethno pharmacological study of the Siquijor Island in the communities of Mount Bandilaan was conducted from September 2014 to July 2015. The 10-month study include documentation on the indigenous local healing practices and ethnopharmacological knowledge of the communities. The study on the health-seeking behaviors, cultural conceptions on health, illness, curative resorts and efficacy of curative resorts was also included in the study.

There are eight (8) healers who served as the main source of information on herbal plants while the community validated and shared their practices. Both the healers and the community consented to share their knowledge except for two plants which are believed to be harmful if not properly managed.

Data gathering was done through walk-through activities, key informant interviews, focus group discussion, survey, participant-observation, community-education workshop, community validation and consent. Prior to the conduct of the research, a consultation was done and a formal Informed Consent in the dialect was also secured from the

A total of 218 plants, cave minerals, insects e.g. cockroaches, marine resources e.g. corals, shells and octopus, naphthalene balls, sugar, honey, ashes, coconut wine, lemon, onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrots, red corn and corn rice are used for healing rituals and practices. Dominant plant families used for healing are Apocynaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Lamiaceae, Rubiaceae, Fabaceae and Zingberaceae.

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Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library PCHRD SP 472 Fulltext Print Format
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