Folkloric Filipino Medical MythsCreated by:
I used to spend summer vacation in the province when I was a kid. During my stay there, I believed in the medical beliefs they practiced there. However, I found out that these beliefs were actually myths handed out from generation to generation. Some of them have led to medical breakthrough such as the use of Lagundi (medicinal herb) to treat cough. Most of them are hilarious that caused me to arrive to a conclusion - we Filipinos are folkloric. Here are some of the medical myths:
1.) Never exercise after eating or you will suffer from appendicitis
This is the top medical myth I have ever heard. Exercising immediately after eating will not cause appendicitis but may impair indigestion. Blood supply is usually shunted to the GI tract after eating to facilitate digestion. Exercising will preferentially shunt the blood to the muscles instead of the GI tract
2.) You will get resting tremors if you wash your hands after writing or doing strenuous hand work
Resting tremors are called pasma in the Philippines. This myth can potentially teach younger generations bad hand hygiene. Washing of hands after handling objects is important to prevent contamination, especially during eating. Of important note, resting tremors should warrant a consult to rule out underlying medical conditions.
3.) Drinking cold water will give you cough and colds.
Drinking cold fluids actually encourges a person to increase oral fluid intake. Hydration is part of the supportive treatment for viral types of coughs and colds.
4.) Exposure to rain will bring about coughs and colds.
Isn't this the same equivalent of taking a shower? The science show Brainiac has already disproved this theory.
5.) Eating chicken, eggs, and seafoods will aggravate skin conditions and impair wound healing.
Fellow countrymen have classified the abovementioned as causes of pruritus due to the food's oiliness. Nope, this will not cause pruritus unless you have food allergies.
The Philippines has a very rich culture even with medical beliefs. It would be nice to hear from other countries medical beliefs too! Please share your thoughts and culture :)