When a paella of cultures, magic, religion, and the medical needs of a people merge, alternative therapies will likely offer a motley bag of of options, from near-mainstream to new-age to way-out fringe.
There is the new-age fringe, heralded by countless gurus mongering through the cybermarts and profusion of health magazines, flooding the information grapevine with newest in 'naturalceuticals' and life-extenders, catering to the urban and burgis markets. For the hapless user trying to get an edge on health and longevity, it can be a bewildering challenge maneuvering through a cyber-supermarket of noni-juices, snake oils, crystals, magnets and countless supplements.
Most of Philippine alternative medicine will qualify for a "Fringe" classification.
Many of the folkloric therapies (tawas, tapal, lunas, kudlit) with its varied prayer-form ingredients (bulong, orasyon) common to the alternative armamentarium of healing modalities and often first-line therapies in rural health care, would easily qualify as "fringe" to the urban-suburbanites and burgis, attuned to the traditional western modalities of healthcare. (See: Miscellaneous Therapies)
Steeped in religion, healing practices
abound in its own alternative litanies and liturgies, with its
accouterments of icons, amulets, and prayer items (Santo Niño, palaspas, tiuyuy) .
|Erny Baron's Triangle||Santo Nino Healing Rituals|
|Kulam||Tawas, Lunas, Bulong, Orasyon|