Ethnobotanical documentation of plants used as traditional therapies by Partido Albularyo in the Philippines

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Calyd Cerio


This study generally aims to study the use of medicinal plants by folk healers in the eastern part of the province of Camarines Sur, the Philippines. Folk healers are identified as the local experts in traditional medicine because of their notable experiences, which have endured over time and are rooted in a body of knowledge that is customarily passed on orally. Thus, collecting their practices and knowledge can preserve the nearly extinct intangible national treasures that may include unstudied plants that can be subjected to pharmacological, botanical, and/or chemical research in the quest to discover new medicines to cure various illnesses. To materialize these, the study conducted a field survey from February to August 2020 and used the informant consensus factor (ICF), use value (UV), and fidelity levels (Fl) to determine the level of agreement among informants on the use of plants as remedies. The study found 153 species of plants from 60 families that are used as curative materials for 17 categories of diseases, including various folk illnesses and beliefs about non-corporeal agents. This study confirms that there is still rich cultural knowledge and practices of using plants as a major source of medicine among folk healers. The findings highlight the importance of collecting ethnopharmacological data and conducting pharmacological evaluations of the identified plants, particularly those with higher fidelity levels and use values.

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Cerio, C. (2024). Ethnobotanical documentation of plants used as traditional therapies by Partido Albularyo in the Philippines . Interdisciplinary Research Review, 19(1). Retrieved from
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