INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FOR ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS (INAM) PHILIPPINES, INC. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization which has its roots as the Acupuncture Therapeutic and Research Center, Inc. (ATRC). ATRC was founded on September 8, 1984 and was endorsed by Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), National Ecumenical Health Concerns Committee (NEHCC-NCCP) and the Council for Primary Health Care (CPHC).
ATRC has been involved in the training and development of alternative health care through community clinics and researches for the past seventeen years among Community Based Health Programs (CBHPs) and Primary Health Care Programs (PHCPs), using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as alternative modalities in health care.
By the year 1997, more than twenty (20) partner organizations all over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were trained by ATRC with the use of acupuncture.
A hundred community based health workers were then trained by these partner organizations. All Philippines Acupuncture Federation (APAF) was formed in October 1997 most members of which allied themselves with other health groups to lobby for the passing of the Traditional Alternative Medicine Act in December 1997.
Based on the Acupuncture Therapeutic and Research Center’s (ATRC) 17 years of community health experience, the use of traditional Chinese acupuncture provided alternative healthcare services for the marginalized who had little or no access to quality health care. Community based health programs utilized acupuncture for its curative and rehabilitative aspects in primary health care work.
Vulnerable sectors rely on traditional and indigenous medicine, as these are available and accessible. These, however, need validation. Meanwhile, the full potential of other healing practices of traditional Chinese medicine remains to be tapped for disease prevention and health promotion. The need to examine and confirm the complementation and/or integration of all these with conventional medicine now becomes a necessary step to arrive at cost effective delivery of health services for marginalized communities and vulnerable sectors.
ATRC thus saw the need to develop Philippine Integrative Medicine (PIM) based on science and culture, where health promotion and prevention shall be at the core. In the year 2001, ATRC transitioned into Integrative Medicine for Alternative Healthcare Systems (INAM) Philippines, Inc.
INAM will pursue PIM through partnership with NGO/POs and their communities towards the development of their Alternative Health Care Systems locally and to the national level, to ensure Health in the Hands of the People.