Issue of November 12, 2017
Mt. Province

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Traditional alternative health care clinic launched in MP
by Erwin S. Batnag

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government through its provincial health office and the Cordillera Traditional and Alternative Health Care Organization (CTAHCO) launched the Traditional Alternative Health Care and Ear Acupuncture clinic this week.

The event is in line with the celebration of Traditional Alternative Healthcare Month this November.

Dr. Natividad T. Orprecio of the Department of Health said the activity aimed to heighten public awareness on the availability of traditional and complementary medicine and treatment.

It encourages the integration of traditional and western medicine in the prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment of ailments, substance abuse, alcohol and cigarette addiction, and other lifestyle diseases.

As part of the launching, the group conducted a one-day ear acupuncture.

Dr. Victoria M. Ducat, CTAHCO president, said that ear acupuncture is among the traditional medications that is used along with mainstream medical treatment and care in the belief that combining the two would enhance the efficiency of treatment.

She said that these alternative medications do not seek to compete with the modern medicines but to work together in the treatment of ailments.

Acupuncture, which originated in China, is widely promoted by the Philippine Institute of Alternative Health care.

Republic Act 8423 or the Traditional Alternative Medicine Act created the Philippine Institute of Alternative Health care to accelerate the development of traditional and alternative health care and its integration in the national health care delivery system.

The Traditional Alternative Health Care and Ear Acupuncture clinic is open during the first Thursday of the month. In the meantime, the Congressional Hall located at 4th floor of the Capitol building will be used as a venue for the wellness activity.

Aside from ear acupuncture, the clinic is planning to offer other alternative and traditional health care services.

Orprecio said the turnout of patients showed the clamor for traditional alternative health care.

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