Sia IC, Sur ALD, Co L, Gaerlan FJM, Naynes RS, Galang RM, Estabillo VB. Ethnopharmacological study of the Dumagat people in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon in Luzon Island Philippines. University of the Philippines Manila Journal 1998;4(1):1-6.
Ethnopharmacological study of the Dumagat people in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon in Luzon Island Philippines
An ethnopharmacological study of the Dumagat people in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon in Luzon Island Philippines was conducted in October 1994 to April 1995.
The study included documentation of the ethnopharmacological knowledge and indigenous healing practices of the Dumagats, and photodocumentation and collection of voucher specimens of plants and other natural products used by them. The study covered nine Dumagat communities and included information gathered from 29 Duamagat healers and family health care providers.
A total of 179 plants, animal products, and mineral products were documented. Documentation of natural products, mostly plants (total count: 174), included the local names, the therapeutic indications, the plant parts used, the method of preparation and the direction for use.
The plants were identified by their scientific names, where applicable. Eleven (11) plants were reportedly used for malaria, 18 for diarrhea, 7 abortifacients, and 6 galactogogues, among others.Many of the medicinal plants used by the Dumagats were noted to be known among the lowlanders.
The study was not able to find specimen vouchers for 15 plants despite repeated visits to different forest sites, underscoring the need to conserve the forests which provide the Dumagat people their food, water, shelter, medicine, economic livelihood, spiritual refuge and home.
Coordinates : Aurora: 7.954580399999998, 123.59519249999994
Bulacan: 14.7942735, 120.87990079999997
Nueva Ecija: 15.578375, 121.11126149999996
Quezon: 14.0313906, 122.11309089999997