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Hilot (/HEE-lot/) is an ancient Filipino art of healing, commonly used today to relax stressed muscles. A manghihilot (Hilot practitioner) and the arbularyo (herbalist) are usually cheaper alternatives to medical doctors in the Philippines, especially in very deep rural areas. Manghihilot also tend to be chiropractors while arbularyo tend to be herbalists.

Manghihilot employ chiropractic manipulation and massage for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoligamentous and musculoskeletal ailments. They also have been known to reset dislocated and sprained joints such as the knee, ankle, fingers and metacarpal bones.

The term hilt is also applied to traditional midwives, licensed or otherwise.

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  • Grant, Alan (August 2008), "Taming a Martial Art", Discovery Channel Magazine: 30–33