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Monday, September 11, 2006

usog

Usog

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Usog" is a Filipino superstition where an affliction or psychological disorder is attributed to an evil eye hex. It usually affects an unsuspecting child, usually an infant or toddler, who has been greeted by a stranger.

Once affected, the child begins to develop fever, and sometimes convulsions. Supposedly, the child can be cured by placing its clothing in hot water and boiling it. It is said that the condition is caused by the stranger having a masamang mata, or evil eye in Tagalog, lurking around. Superstitious folk have supposedly observed this phenomenon and regularly suggest this to the Psychiatric Disorders Handbook DSM-IV which, of course, is not accepted.

Usog can also affect adults, although it induces vomiting rather than fever. Supposedly, it can be prevented by stopping a stranger or visitor from greeting the child. Unlike "lihi", however, usog is not medically accepted.

both my pinkies are not straight. they are somewhat bended. and my mom said that if this is the case then you are prone to getting usog. maybe i am. and i remember one time in a jeepney, there was this cute baby with her grandmother. eventhough my friend and i both mentioned that the baby is cute, it was only i that the grandma asked to make a sign of the cross on the baby using my saliva. fyi, that's what they say is the cure for usog, a saliva of the person who gave usog. and that if you are prone to get usog, then you can easily give one too.

so, why am i talking about this? coz i had a really terrible headache last night with the matching feeling of wanting to throw up. and our household help said that maybe i was nausog.

40 comments:

jef said...

Palagi akong nau-usog nung bata ako and twice nung medyo tumatanda na. I believe in this one kasi I experienced it first hand.

Sidney said...

The CURE:
A variety of therapies may be tried. A parent, friend or companion may try to apply the pulp side of half a calamansi on the temple, the forehead, or the abdomen. Some chew uncooked rice grains which is spat on the abdomen or spat on the palm of the hand and applied by finger-crossing on the temple, forehead or abdomen.

Leaves of medicinal plants are also utilized, bayabas or litlit. The medico or albularyo chews the leaves then spits it on his hands to apply to the abdomen or other body parts or spits it on the abdomen directed while he emphatically utters: "Pwe-pwe! Puwera usog, umalis ka!" or "Pwe-pwe! Puwera buyag." The albularyo may include the use of a bulong or two (whispered prayers).

(Source:http://www.stuartxchange.org/PweUsog.html)

melai said...

Ang sabi pag hindi lang daw pantay ang mga pinkies, pero ang sabi ko naman hindi naman talaga pantay ang kaliwa at kanan diba? so posibleng hindi pantay ang mga pinkies, about usog .. I don't know, isa sa mga pinaniniwalaan ng mga pinoy yan e , nung maliit p si Aya I used to believe that there is such thing as Usog nga, pero diba mas maganda kung may explanation nga about sa usog na yan.

Ann said...

Parang totoo naman kasi yan eh, madalas kasi mausog mga anak ko nung maliliit sila, walang dahilan bigla na lang magsusuka, lalagnatin at sasakit ang tyan. Gagawin ko papalawayan ko kay KD (malakas ang usog nya eh) nawawala naman. Baka nga sya nakakausog sa mga anak nya eh.

Alternati said...

Once pa lang ako nausog and it proved to be one of my most embarassing moments. We were in a stop-over on the way to Berlin when a bald German guy looked at me quizically. During that moment, I didn't think much of it, but when we were on the way to our tour bus, I felt weak and fainted. (Kakahiya) Buti na lang a couple of my friends were there to catch me kaya I didn't do the whole fainting in the parking lot scene. Kyx, my friend, told me nausog ako nung tumingin saken.

I'm still skeptical though. haha.

jase said...

OMG! I believe in the power of good faith, protection and blessings from where the universal Good cometh!

So pray that everything is allright with you!

Dr. Emer said...

Same as "nabati," right? There might be a medical basis for this. Hindi pa nga lang accepted kasi walang studies to validate the theories. I think it's a psychological suggestion, a strong one --- much like a hypnotic spell.

Natawa ako dun sa DSM IV (V na yata ngayon?) info mo. Hindi sila talaga papayag na ilagay yun doon. I think the local psychiatric personnel should devote some time and study this phenomenon. Kahit pang FYI lang.

I hope you are much better now. Ingat lagi.

tin-tin said...

jef: honestly, ako hindi ko alam kung naexperience ko sya. siguro nung bata ako. pero as if naman maaalala ko yun diba?

sidney: calamansi? first time i've heard of that. about the albularyo, i wouldn't like to go to one at my age. embarassing. hehe ;p

melai: basta.. iba yung pinkies ko. para syang nakabend. hehe. sana nga may explanation ang usog. dec. 10 ba bday mo? :)

ann: si Kd and nakakausog? hahaha. pwede pala yun? oh no! pano na pag nagka-baby ako?

Tani said...

tintin, babies lang ata nauusog... pero di kasi ako naniniwala dun eh... pag nasa inlaws ko kami, nagbabaon ako alcohol at wipes kasi nilalawayan nila mga babies ko pag ginigigilan nila... pwera usog daw... yuck nga eh.. they're putting germs on my kids...

tin-tin said...

alternati: wow naman! makakausog sayo german pa. kala ko pang-pilipino lang yu. hahaha :)

jase: i'm okay already. i just slept it over (and thankfully, i was able to sleep), then when i woke up i'm okay already :)

dr. emer: yup, it's the same as nabati. honestly, i don't know what is the DSM IV. i just copied the wikipedia info. hehe ;p

tin-tin said...

tani: hahahaha. kadiri noh? pero trying to be safe. alam ko nga din sa babies yun. pero one time, pinalawayan nila saken nanay ko kse baka nausog daw sya. kadiri! ako nandiri. bwahahaha ;p

snglguy said...

It's the same as getting 'jinxed' right?

ghee said...

ako din i believe in usog.

madalas daw akong mausog when i was a baby,at madalas ding mapaglihian..

bat dito sa Japan,parang di yata uso ang usog? :)

happy monday!

vina said...

hmmmmm....usog nga baaaaa?

hehe.

JV said...

I remembered when I was a cute and little drooling kid, my mom would pin a red pouch with chinese symbols on it. Anti-usog daw. And since then, di na ako nagkaroon. They said that wearing a gold ring in your finger would prevent you from having "usog" and nightmares. I think it's true, since I'm wearing one.:)

Jhed said...

Ay, ako hindi pa ako nauusog. Pwera usog! Haha!

Ayaw ko nga malawayan. Eeew! LOL

Richard said...

Hoping your headache and nausea clear up.

It is more likely you are either stressed, or got food poisoning.

I don't believe in superstitions and I certainly would not turn my faith into a superstition.

Take care.

dreaming-neko said...

*hugs*
feeling better?

BW said...

Not too sure kung may usog rin dito sa Canada. My friends joke about kapres and mananaggals not sriving the cold here. Manananggal flying with a jacket? he he.. But I know of people here who suffered from the same symptoms ( headache and nausea)and consulted the doc were told that it had likely to do with something they ate.

tin-tin said...

snglguy: i don't think it's the same

ghee: naks! cute sya nung bata. hehe. dito lang ata sa pilipinas uso ang usog :)

vina: i'm positive that i'm not pregnant. hehehe ;p

jv: baka naman di ka na cute. joke lang!!!! :) ayoko kse magsuot ng gold ring except if it's given to me by my boyfriend :)

tin-tin said...

jhed: hindi mo lang alam baka nung bata ka diba? pero kadiri nga malawayan

richard: i don't think it's food coz i have not taken in anything yet that time. but i'm okay now. thanks :)

neko: thanks neko! yup, i'm feeling better :)

bw: hahaha. manananggal with a jacket? hahaha. i don't know if it's because of food coz i have not eaten yet, that time. my last intake of food was hours ago pa.

ralphT said...

aliw! may ganun sa wikipedia? lolz! :)

anyways, hindi ako naniniwala sa mga ganyan.... yan ang mga ni-aassume lang ng mga matatanda noong araw noong wala pang explanasyon ang siyensya sa mga ngangayayari, ngayon, pumunta ka lang sa isang espesyalista (ex. doctor) at malalaman na kung bakit ka ganyan.

kalokohan pati ang mga superstition. hehe. ewan, pero hindi lang tlg ako naniniwala sa mga ganyan. hehe

tin-tin said...

galing noh? gulat nga din ako na meron nyan sa wikipedia. baka marami nagreresearch tungkol jan :)

mei said...

interesting, the fact that usog is in wikipedia. :)

but i personally don't believe in usog. pero i believe that it happens to people who believe in it.

kaya ayaw ko na lang maniwala hehe. :)

mei said...

interesting, the fact that usog is in wikipedia. :)

but i personally don't believe in usog. pero i believe that it happens to people who believe in it.

kaya ayaw ko na lang maniwala hehe. :)

charles ravndal said...

Hmmm it's my first time to hear about usog. Anyway, I hope that you will feel better soon. Take care always dear!

zingtrial said...

HI Hope you are feeling better my friend.Wish you well(planty of rest)

tin-tin said...

mei: di din ako naniniwala jan dati. nahawa siguro ako syo mei. hehe ;p

charles: you haven't heard about it when you were still here in the philippines?

zingtrial: thank you so much :)

melai said...

nakabend? naku baka me carpal syndrome ka na? kakablog yan lol!!

Rey said...

I am totally igonrant about this. Dumb me. :)

tin-tin said...

melai: di pa ako nakakakita ng computer, nakabend na yan. hahaha. so tama hula ko sa bday mo? :)

rey: no joke? :)

melai said...

teka di ko nakita hula mo :)san ba naron?

charles ravndal said...

nope probably in Tagalog speaking areas I guess. Btw, regarding to ur q on my blog. Yes, I was so wanted to join. I even prepared myself on the physical exam like doing 100 push ups, sit-ups and running a couple of meters on 10 seconds. I was so fit during that time. I only failed on the written exam. Argghhh I hate math!

Estupidormitorian Neil said...

I still don't understand how usog really happens

tin-tin said...

melai: dec. 10? :)

charles: i'm sorry to be happy that you failed the written exams charles. but i don't think you'll be happy there. i'm just happy with how things went for you :)

neil: a baby would be told how cute he is. and then the baby would get sick. basically, that's it :)

Rey said...

Ahh ok. now I know what usog means. It's called "Buyag" in bisaya. you have to say "Fuera Buyag" to dispell it. :p

melai said...

weeeeeeeehhh galeng galeng tin-tin ..di ka lang singer ... galing ka pa manghula :)

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mae27 said...

helllp!!!! na usog ako and im from canada... how do i fix this???

Alice said...

I didn't know what usog means until I suddenly experienced it before. It was really a dreadful feeling. I wasn't able to sleep well for months and I had to consult a psychologist for that and then I just end up with a witch doctor who told me "Malakas nakausog sayo. Hindi ka makatulog tuloy." So after that, I thank God first and then eventually I felt better than ever.