Dr. Bibiano Fajardo explains the Hilot areas on the back.

Students of naturopathy learn traditional Hilot healing

Pasig City, Philippines- On August 22, 2013, the first batch of students completed the first trimester of Comprehensive Traditional Hilot, one of the requisite courses towards a degree in naturopathic medicine. This pioneering ladderized degree in naturopathy was brought about by the tripartite partnership forged by the Philippine Institute of Naturopathic Sciences (PINS), the Family…

Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

Hilot is scientific. This would undoubtedly come as quite a surprise to many Filipinos, who have long associated Hilot with wizened albularyos and manghihilots (traditional healers) who explain physical maladies in terms of kulam (curses) and enkanto (elementals), and who diagnose ailments through equally mysterious means—with leaves or twigs, candles, and mystical incantations known as oracion. Dr. Bibiano…

Dr. Bibiano Fajardo performs Hilot diagnosis on a child.

What is Hilot?

Though it is an integral part of Philippine culture, the mention of Hilot evokes different reactions, depending on the person’s background and experience. There are people who swear by the healing benefits of Hilot, while others view Hilot  with skepticism. Still others view Hilot as just another way to relax at the spa. But what is Hilot, really? Dr. Bibiano Fajardo,…