Got health problems? Consult a professional ‘albularyo’.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will soon regulate the practice of traditional healers also known as ‘albularyos’ in the country.
According to a report from Manila Bulletin, the DOST-led Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is coming up with a set of guidelines that will introduce non-formal health practitioners into the mainstream medical practice.
In a statement made during the 2015 Global Forum on Health Solutions for the World, PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jamie Montoya said that the study, which started in 2012, will help the government ensure an evidence-based healthcare practice in the country, and safeguard the public from falling into the hands of fake healers.
He also added that a fund of over P100 million was also utilized to conduct researchers related to the said development.
The Department of Health (DOH) signified its support to DOST’s move; saying that clinically proven herbal medicines can actually help in treating various ailments and illnesses.
The department, through its Traditional Health Program, also endorsed several plants, including akapulko, ampalaya, bawang, bayabas, lagundi, niyog-niyogan, sambong, tsaang gubat, pansit-pansitan, and yerba buena, for medicinal use.
Unlike licensed doctors who prescribe modern medicines that are usually costly, albularyos rely only on widely-available herbal resources in their healing practice enticing people, especially those who do not have enough cash to seek professional aid, to come to them.
Montoya said that the regulation will most likely kick-off at the earlier months of 2016, and will also include ‘hilot’ practitioners, or those who are informally involved in chiropractic manipulation, in the said certification.
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