Indigenous Healing Practices, Policies and Perceptions of Young and Elderly Ga’dang People in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines


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  • Nueva Vizcaya State University, Bayombong, Philippines

Abstract

Indigenous healing practice is a very essential part of healthcare systems in rural areas in the world. Very few studies have addressed an inclusive scenario of indigenous healing practices to boost the spirit of ailing people. This study explored typical forms of indigenous healing practices, policies and perceptions of young and elderly Ga’dang (Indigenous Filipino peoples) in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. This research utilized the descriptive-qualitative method and data gathered through community immersion, observation, focused group discussion (FGD) and face-to-face interview with the informants. Ga’dang elderly in Nueva Vizcaya apply materials and resources for indigenous healing modalities like relaxation techniques, massage (hilot), use of medicinal herbs, psychocultural education, cleansing ceremonies and rituals. They are forms of immediate remediation before bringing the patient to a clinic or hospital. They have been adept and continually practicing indigenous healing to help patients improve their health condition but with little value within their existing culture, especially the younger generation. Related ethnographic and qualitative researches offering wider understanding of the cultural value of indigenous healing and have impact to the lives of the people may be instigated.

Keywords

Age Group, Indigenous Healing Practices, Government Policies, Perceptions

Subject Discipline

Languages and Literature

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