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An Exploration of the Ethno-Medicinal Practices among Traditional Healers in Southwest Cebu, Philippines

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Author Ramon S. Del Fierro, Fiscalina A. Nolasco
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 1182-1188
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 12
Issue Date January 01, 2014
Publishing Date January 01, 2014
Keywords ethnomedicine, natural products, medicinal plants, mananambal


This study documents the cultural knowledge of herbal remedial measures among Cebuano traditional healers in four municipalities of southwest Cebu, Philippines. It aims to assess the terrestrial and marine resources used by healers in treating illnesses, similarities and differences in the methods of extraction, preparation and administration, the ailments for which the locally available plants are used, and whether there are plants with medicinal usage which have not been documented in previous studies. Free-listing and one-on-one interviews were carried out with eight traditional healers (mananambal). The study shows that plants used during treatment episodes and the procedures employed for extraction, preparation and administration do not vary significantly across sites. The ordinary ailments treated were fever, cough, cold, stomachache, headache, hyperacidity, toothache, diarrhea, gas pain, small cuts and wounds, swelling, ascaris and skin fungal infections. Leaves are commonly used in all four sites, and the most common methods of extraction are decoction and expression. In general, the narratives point to actual illness episodes, herbal medication procedures, healers’ impressions regarding the efficacy of the plants used, and how they have helped the patients in pursuit of health and well-being.

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