The tambalan and his medical practices in Leyte and Samar Islands, Philippines
Philippine Journal of Science 86(1): 121-130
The "tambalan," or herb-doctor, is, even in modern Philippine society, a respectable personality. In cities and towns with modern hospitals, the tambalan is still called by the upper-class Filipino in cases where modern medical practice seems to fail. Among lower-class people, the tambalan is more trusted than the district health inspector. This article records and describes the available information on the subject in the islands of Leyte and Samar. Beliefs as to how the tambalan derives his power, methods of treatment used for different kinds of sicknesses, etc., are described.