November Is Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month

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November Is Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month


Cognizant of the value of traditional and alternative health care and medicines in ensuring the health and wellbeing of Filipinos, Presidential Proclamation No. 698, s. 2004, November as Traditional and Alternative Health Care (TAHC) Month. The proclamation supports Republic Act (RA) No. 8427, otherwise known as the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997.

Leading the celebration is the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), which was created by RA 8423, s. 1997, as a body attached to the Department of Health. PITAHC gathers information for the education of all people on traditional and alternative health care.

In 2014, the PITAHC board of trustees approved the institute's Philippine Research and Development Framework on Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM). This guides the institute in the conduct of: Research on conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of Philippine traditional medicine; research and development on the safety, efficacy/benefit, and quality of Philippine medicinal plants and other natural products; and clinical research on safety and efficacy/benefit of T&CM modalities. …

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