Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine
World Health Organization defines Traditional Medicine as:”… the sum total of the knowledge, skill, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.”- WHO Definition of Traditional Medicine.
As per WHO definition, we in the academy advocates that Hilot qualifies to be the Philippines Traditional Medicine as it qualifies World Health Organization definition of Traditional Medicine being used in maintenance of health as well as in prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.
The Academy always reiterated that Hilot is a complete Science and Art of Traditional Filipino Medicine as it provides preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative form of healthcare.
Hilot does heal not only the Physical Body from ailment but it covers to deal with the emotional and mental stability of the patient/ client. As traditional medicine, Hilot is not limited into one modality of Massage but also it incorporates other healing modality in its treatment procedures. The Academy provides formal workshop and training to those who are interested to master the Arts and Science of Hilot.