FILIPINO TRADITIONAL HEALING
The Filipino heritage is diversified. Filipino traditions have been
by Indian, Chinese, Arabian, Spanish, Mexican, and American belief
There are many folk beliefs about the causes of illnesses. Certain
believed to have a natural origin such as overeating, poor diet,
drinking, infections, and accidents.
Some, illness is felt to be caused by spiritual and moral
spirits caused by thoughts against the dead are believed to be the
some diseases. Certain persons with extraordinary powers are thought to
able to cast spells which cause illness. These persons are the
(witch sorcerers). Additionally, a person may become ill if someone
evil eye" upon them.
Persons suffering from afflictions caused by a Manga-ga-mud
or "the evil
eye" can be cured by one of two traditional healers - the Man-ga-gas,
spiritual healer, or the Hilot, the massage healer. The Hilot
uses three forms
of treatment: faith healing through prayer, herbal medicines, and
and body manipulation. Bisayan Filipinos would seek treatment from an
shaman or priest for illnesses of a supernatural origin. Religion and
play an important role in Filipino health practices, and that
are believed to be possible.
Many Filipinos believe that wearing an amulet provides protection
counteracts witchery. Traditional Filipino healing practices are still
in Hawaii today.
FILIPINO FOODS FOR HEALTH
The Philippine Islands are divided into three geographic
Viyasas, and Mindanao. Each region has their own traditional foods. The
traditional foods for all the Islands are rice, pork, chicken adobo,
noodles), panakbet (mixed vegetables), fish, and lumpia (similar to
Adobo is a method of preparing certain meats such as pork
or chicken that
have been marinated in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaf and ground
pepper. Pancit is a pasta made of rice or wheat noodles and is cooked
chicken, shrimp or pork in soy sauce and garlic. Pancit resembles a
Rice is eaten everyday by Filipinos because it is believed
to give a person
energy. Bagoong (fermented fish) and patis (fish extract) are used as
daily in food.
Garlic and onions are also used daily because it is
believed they thin the blood
and lower blood pressure. To treat diarrhea, chewing on guava shoots is
The Filipino diet is traditionally healthy because their
basic staples are
vegetables, fruits, and fish.
Sharon Moran, RN, CS, MPH
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Last Updated on Wednesday March 24, 1999
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