Shin-Ichi Nitta, Honorary President of the Japanese Association for Alternative, Complementary and Traditional Medicine

Expectations for volunteers of the MOA Mutual-Help model

── How is the Comprehensive Regional Care system related to integrative medicine?
In the Comprehensive Community Care system, a care-type medical care is literally performed. As for Self-Help and Mutual-Help, which are the core, I believe that the social model of Integrative Medicine will be effective.
The social model of Integrated Medicine is for the purpose of disease prevention and health promotion centered on local residents in daily life. The aim is to improve the QOL (quality of life) of residents through multi-generational cooperation of the local community.
There are many models; however, I am paying attention to the MOA Wellness Center operated in collaboration with MOA International and the medical corporation, Gyokusenkai Clinic, with volunteers of the MOA Mutual-Help model equipped with a Medical model and a social model.
At MOA, people with similar values form a group, and while acknowledging each other, we carry out volunteer activities to promote the health and happiness of someone.
I think it’s easier to understand how people connect and how groups form English terms. It starts with knowing the English term “To Know.” Then, we must comprehend the English term “To Understand” to find areas of agreement and differences. Then, we must comprehend the English term “To Agree,” to come to an agreement. By agreeing, a very strong group is formed. In fact, it is difficult for ordinary groups to reach the “To Agree” level. I think that MOA is a representative group that even reached the level of “To Agree.”
It is said that the present age is an era of intolerance, as evidenced by the problems of monster parents and road rage often seen on the news, so I would like the volunteers of MOA, who are tolerant, to be the model for the Mutual-Help.