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Hilot (/HEE-lot/) is an ancient Filipino art of healing. A manghihilot (Hilot practitioner) and the albularyo (herbalist) are usually cheaper alternatives to medical doctors in the Philippines, especially in very deep rural areas.

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. Albularyo use herbs in addition to massage. The term hilot is also applied to traditional midwives, licensed or otherwise.

Hilot is a simple type of massage originated in Philippines. Same as with other Asian Massage technique. Hilot and Asian Massage are both using the combination of swedish and shiatsu massage using aromatheraphy massage oil or virgin coconut oil.

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