Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care

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The Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITHAC) is a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) that was created as mandated by Republic Act 8423 (R.A. 8423) or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997 (TAMA) . It is attached to the Department of Health and is tasked to provide the people with health care using traditional and alternative medicine that is guaranteed to be proven safe, affordable, and effective.



In 1992, a Traditional Medicine Program was launched by the Department of Health (DOH) which was then under the supervision of Juan Flavier. The program focused on promoting traditional medicine in the country. To institutionalize the program, a traditional medicine law was drafted two years after.

In 1997, former president Fidel V. Ramos included traditional and alternative medicine in his administration’s pole-vaulting strategies. Finally, on December 9 of the said year, the Tenth Congress passed R. A. 8423. It was also Flavier who sponsored the said act which aims to promote and provide affordable and effective traditional and alternative medicinal methods to Filipinos. The creation of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care was mandated by the very same law.


“Traditional and alternative health care in the hands of the people.”


“PITAHC upholds the right of every Filipino for better health through the provision of safe, effective and affordable traditional and alternative health care products, services and technologies.”


  • Holding of a hearing/workshop in 2003 to finalize the draft competency standard, accreditation procedures, and code of ethics for acupuncture for medical and non-medical practitioners and Tui Na massage therapists.
  • Creation of “ Well-being,” a bi-monthly newsletter and informational material published by PITHAC and distributed nationwide in DOH Centers for Health Development, government-retained hospitals, government retained agencies, non-government organizations, civic organizations, private sectors, traditional and alternative health care practitioners, and private individuals.
  • Use of print media, broadcast media, and the Internet in promoting its programs, activities, services, and facilities.
  • Holding of orientation seminars and trainings on traditional and alternative health care methods in communities, exhibits, and media outfits.
  • Manufacturing of products such as capsules of lagundi, sambong, and tsaang gubat.

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