The Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) is mandated to improve the quality and delivery of health care services to the Filipino people through the development of traditional and alternative health care and its integration into the national health care delivery system.

However, in October 2015 the PITAHC Board of Trustees affirmed that our thrust is not manufacturing, but research. PITAHC encourages
interested parties to submit research proposals that can contribute towards raising the overall health status of the country through a dynamic mix of traditional and complementary medicine.

Funding Guidelines


Documentation of our cultural heritage on Philippine traditional medicine

Research into the diverse healing culture of Philippine traditional medicine.

Research and development on safety and efficacy/benefit, and quality of natural products

Research in aid of policy-making that integrates role of T&CM within universal health care.

Clinical research on safety and efficacy/benefit of T&CM modalities

Clinical research on safety, efficacy and benefits of T&CM modalities

Policy, systems and standards research

This includes research in aid of policy making and to improve health care delivery. Research will address the role T&CM can play within integrative universal health care.

Socio-cultural research

Research on the acceptance of T&CM products and modalities by the public and health care providers.

Knowledge management

Research on the systematic collection of information on T&CM in the Philippines