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Open Access Review

Integrative Cancer Therapy with Special Focus on Add-On Homeopathy: The Experience at Lienz Hospital

Received: 02 March 2018;  Published: 25 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902027


Homeopathy can be well integrated into a complementary oncology concept. However, the existing scientific evidence concerning homeopathy should be presented more transparently, and improved by performing randomized placebo-controlled studies with sufficient patient numbers. An ongoing multicenter st [...]

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Open Access Review

The Role of Self-Compassion in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Received: 04 March 2019;  Published: 24 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902026


(1) Background: A large body of empirical evidence has supported the notion that individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) have difficulty regulating their negative emotions and employing emotion-regulation strategies. The aim of this article is to (a) explore the role of self-compassion in pr [...]

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Open Access Opinion

Compassion in Medicine – A Psychiatric Physician’s View

Received: 14 March 2019;  Published: 18 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902025


There are several definitions of sympathy, empathy, and compassion on the internet. I have chosen the above definitions to emphasize their salient differences, for the following reason: In medical school, in the early 1960s, we were taught not to sympathize with patients, but to empathize: By emp [...]

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Open Access Research Article

Integrated Medicine Strongly Improves Post-Stroke Rehabilitative Performance in a Public Health Facility in Italy

Received: 30 September 2018;  Published: 17 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902024


Background - Since 2011, the Tuscany Regional Authority has been funding the use of Integrated Medicine (IM) in a clinical setting in Pitigliano Hospital, with the aim of testing the true efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine(CAM) in a hospital setting. The clinical setting also compris [...]

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Open Access Case Report

Unexpected Long Survival of a Patient with Polycythemia Vera

Received: 16 January 2019;  Published: 16 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902023


This case reports of a 71-year-old patient with polycythemia vera (PCV). The homeopathic treatment began 15 years after the diagnosis at the age of 51. The frequency of phlebotomies could be lowered significantly after the start of the homeopathic treatment, the patient survived another 16 years wit [...]

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Open Access Communication

The Process of Integration of Complementary Medicines in Public Healthcare Service of Tuscany (Italy)

Received: 22 February 2019;  Published: 10 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902022


Background. Complementary Medicine (CM) is being increasingly used by European citizens in order to increase their overall health state and wellbeing, as well as to treat various illnesses and diseases. Aim. Describe the pathway and results of the integration process of complementary medicines in t [...]

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Open Access Original Research

Comparison of Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia between Zen-meditation and Control Groups

Received: 30 July 2018;  Published: 01 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902021


(1) Background: This research is aimed to develop new methods to investigate the cardiorespiratory interaction of Zen-meditation practitioners (Zen-meditation group) and healthy ordinary young people (control group) by quantitatively evaluating the respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) behavior. (2) Me [...]

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Open Access Original Research

Acupuncture for Chemo-Related Nausea and Vomiting

Received: 29 September 2018;  Published: 28 March 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901020


(1) Background: In recent years, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques have become very widespread; among these, acupuncture can play an important role in the treatment of adverse effects related to chemotherapy. This role has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health af [...]

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Open Access Case Report

Increase in Electrodermal Activity on Acupuncture Points of Lymphatic, Lung, Nervous, Endocrine and Heart Meridians after Running Exercise, a Single Case Study

Received: 10 December 2018;  Published: 25 March 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901019


Background: Electrodermal measurement of acupuncture points has been correlated to physiologic and pathologic conditions with clinical and laboratory studies. Emerging evidence indicates that in addition to therapeutic effect, acupuncture points may also have diagnostic properties. However, physiolo [...]

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Open Access Short Review

The Effects of Aquatic Exercise on Cognitive Function: Systematic Review

Received: 07 February 2019;  Published: 21 March 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1901018


The objective of this brief systematic review was to examine the effects of aquatic exercise on cognitive function. Studies were identified using electronic databases, including PubMed, PsychInfo, Sports Discus and Google Scholar. In total, 13 articles met the inclusionary criteria. Among the 13 stu [...]

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