Traditional Knowledge : Partnership with Researchers


Isidro Cabuyao Sia


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007),Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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The Philippines has rich biodiversity and cultural diversity. There are more than 160 ethnolinguistic groups. Each ethnolinguistic group has a rich tradition of cultural practices, including those which refer to healing and the use of various herbs and other material medica. The documentation, preservation, and advocacy for the use of beneficial traditional knowledge on health practices are important to the different ethnolinguistic groups. The knowledge gained from documentation of healing practices maybe used in preparing culture-sensitive and cost-effective health education materials. In this paper we shall present the Philippine experience on  the role played by researchers from the different academic fields in the documentation, preservation, and translational research of traditional knowledge for a meaningful incorporation of traditional medicine in the country’s health care delivery system.