OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
  • Related policies

It publishes a variety of article types: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility. 

Free Publication in 2019

Open Access Perspective

Compassion in Preregistration Nurse Education: An Integrated Review

Pras Ramluggun, Sanj Nathoo
Received: March 07, 2019; Published: June 13, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902036

Abstract: The evolving, dynamic and challenging healthcare landscape requires that the art and science of nursing equip preregistration nursing students (PNS) with the knowledge and skills to positively respond to these changes. Central to PNS’ ability to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of nursing [...]

Open Access Case Report

Cancer and the Display of Lymph Nodes Using Potentized Remedies (Derivates of Iodine and Carbo Animalis)

Dietmar Payrhuber, Piero Sangaletti, Josef Muehlmann
Received: May 10, 2018; Published: June 10, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902035

Abstract: (1) Background: The article provides insight into the mode of the immune system acting hierarchically when administering potentized remedies. Occasionally, this can be best seen in severe cases as available with cancer. (2) Methods: The careful anamnesis and subsequent prescription is based on Jan S [...]

Open Access Case Report

Auriculotherapy for Intractable Hiccups-A Case Report

Gary Stanton
Received: March 22, 2019; Published: June 04, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902034

Abstract: A 16 year old girl was evaluated for intractable hiccups for 6 six months, with a prior negative clinical and laboratory evaluation, and without any improvement with a variety of folk and medicinal therapies. A single treatment session of auriculotherapy produced a full clinical remission.

Open Access Editorial

The Landscape of Current Meditation Research: An Overview to the Special Issue on “Health Benefits of Meditation”

Soo Liang Ooi, Sok Cheon Pak
Received: May 29, 2019; Published: May 31, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902033

Abstract: The Landscape of Current Meditation Research: An Overview to the Special Issue on “Health Benefits of Meditation”

Open Access Editorial

Highlights of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions: An Interview with Dr. James David Adams, Jr.

James David Adams, Jr.
Received: May 17, 2019; Published: May 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902032

Abstract: Highlights of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions: An Interview with Dr. James David Adams, Jr.

Open Access Review

Meditation, Sleep, and Performance

Lauren E. Guerriero, Bruce F. O’Hara
Received: February 12, 2019; Published: May 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902031

Abstract: Meditation describes a large variety of traditions that are extremely variable, but all include the conscious focus or awareness of attention. By maintaining their attention, meditators experience both acute and long-term changes in physiology, anatomy, and cognitive performance. The literature sh [...]

Open Access Opinion

The Link(s) between Compassion and Healing

Kristi Kanel
Received: January 30, 2019; Published: April 30, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902030

Abstract: While it may seem intuitive to suggest that compassion aids in the healing process, there is actual evidence to support that compassion changes physiology, which in turns affects emotional and physical healing. The focus of this opinion paper is on the use of compassion between health care provider [...]

Open Access Research Article

Lifestyles and Complementary Medicine: A Survey in the Region of Tuscany

Mariella Di Stefano, Sonia Baccetti, Elio Rossi, Maria Valeria Monechi, Barbara Cucca, Sergio Segantini, Elisabetta Barbara Cortesi, Fabio Voller, Eleonora Fanti, Alice Berti, Stefano Bravi
Received: September 27, 2018; Published: April 28, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902029

Abstract: Background: According to the international literature, users of Complementary Medicine (CM), Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) are more active, less overweight and have healthier lifestyles. Aim: To evaluate the lifestyle of patients of CM [...]

Open Access Original Research

Observational Study on Auriculotherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Preliminary Data

Elisabetta Barbara Cortesi, Sonia Baccetti, Maria Valeria Monechi, Mariella Di Stefano, Barbara Cucca, Tommaso Conti, Antonella Traversi, Filippa Terranova, Roberto Montelatici, Sylvie Yvonne Barberousse, Federica Sabatini, Catia Vuono, Christian Bini, Marco Picchi
Received: September 26, 2018; Published: April 28, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902028

Abstract: Introduction: Pain in musculoskeletal disorders is a common problem that involves high social and individual costs. Systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials show that a number of treatments usually applied in this field are not effective. On the other hand, there is clinical evidence of t [...]

Open Access Review

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

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

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Review

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

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

Abstract: (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 [...]

Open Access Opinion

Compassion in Medicine – A Psychiatric Physician’s View

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

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Research Article

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

Simonetta Bernardini, Francesca Bechini, Giulia Braccesi, Franco Cracolici, Rosaria Ferreri, Roberto Pulcri, Andrea Serafini
Received: September 30, 2018; Published: April 17, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902024

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Case Report

Unexpected Long Survival of a Patient with Polycythemia Vera

Michael Frass, Katharina Gaertner
Received: January 16, 2019; Published: April 16, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902023

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Communication

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

Katia Belvedere, Elio Rossi, Mariella Di Stefano, Sonia Baccetti
Received: February 22, 2019; Published: April 10, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902022

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Original Research

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

Pei-Chen Lo, Bo-Ting Lyu, Wu Jue Miao Tian
Received: July 30, 2018; Published: April 1, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902021

Abstract: (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 [...]

Open Access Original Research

Acupuncture for Chemo-Related Nausea and Vomiting

Carmelo Guido, Valentina Selmi, Cosimo Chelazzi, Giulia Borsotti, Rita Giachetti, Vittorio Limatola, Martina Sicurani, Angelo Raffaele De Gaudio
Received: September 29, 2018; Published: March 28, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901020

Abstract: (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 [...]

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

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

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Short Review

The Effects of Aquatic Exercise on Cognitive Function: Systematic Review

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

Abstract: 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 [...]

Open Access Communication

Proposal for a Compassionate Emotional Accompaniment Technique (CEAT) Based on Mindfulness to Manage Disturbing Emotions

Natalia Sylvia Ramos Díaz
Received: August 23, 2018; Published: March 14, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901017

Abstract: One of the objectives of psychological intervention is to help individuals manage their emotions effectively by providing patients the necessary tools to accompany their own emotional states. Furthermore, at present there are not so many therapeutic resources aimed at facilitating emotions in patien [...]

Open Access Editorial

Compassion in Clinical Care

Cynthia M.A. Geppert, Ronald W. Pies
Received: March 01, 2019; Published: March 04, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901016

Abstract: Compassion in Clinical Care

Open Access Research Article

Psychophysiological Coherence in Community Dynamics – A Comparative Analysis between Meditation and Other Activities

Jeffery Jonathan Joshua (ישוע) Davis, Florian Schübeler, Robert Kozma
Received: November 26, 2018; Published: March 04, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901015

Abstract: (1) Background: Psychophysiological coherence has been widely studied as a bodily state associated with general well-being and cognitive clarity. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has been shown to be a good biomarker to assess psychophysiological coherence. This paper presents the first general set of r [...]

Open Access Editorial

The Treatment of the Nervous System with Complementary and Alternative Medicine

James David Adams
Received: February 25, 2019; Published: February 27, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901014

Abstract: The nervous system is everywhere in the body, especially in the skin. Ancient Chinese acupuncture charts show us that the nerves are all connected and can work together to promote health. This connection occurs through the brain and brain stem. It is clear that acupuncture is analgesic by inhibit [...]

Open Access Concept Paper

New Paradigm in International Ear Acupuncture

István Széchenyi
Received: October 16, 2018; Published: February 26, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901013

Abstract: (1) Background: In the international auriculotherapy practice there are relatively big differences in the exact localization of one and the same ear acupuncture point. On one hand, there are specialists who devote their efforts to find the active points. In that case it becomes intriguing that near [...]

Open Access Case Report

Chronic Pain after Reported Whiplash Injury – A Patient Case Report

Gunnel Berry
Received: April 13, 2018; Published: February 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901012

Abstract: Abstract Chronic pain is notoriously multifactorial, multifaceted and difficult to treat. There is no known therapy recommended for chronic pain. Existence, or non-existence, of whiplash injury after a road traffic accident (RTA) has been discussed in literature and the press. Dishonest claims of a [...]

Forum Neural Therapy International 2019

October 4th - 6th, 2019, Vienna, Austria

Next International Forum Neural Therapy that will take place in Vienna from October 4th to 6th 2019. Traditionally this is a high quality scientific symposium not only on Neural Therapy, but also addressing issues of broad interest in complementary medicine. It will certainly catch your attention. A choice of very specific topics and a wide range of workshops compose a colorful scientific program and provide hands- on experiences.
We hope to open a lively panel discussion concerning neural therapeutic techniques: A lecture on “The respective benefits and disadvantages of deep and superficial injection techniques” should lead to a professional debate about efficiency and safety of Neural Therapy.
Neural Therapy
NT and Acupuncture
Neuromodular trigger (Interference fields)
NT and Lasertherapy
NT and Orthomolecular Medicine
NT and Manuel Medicine
NT and Gynaecology
PRP – additional therapeutic possibilities
Nutritional supplements

For more details, please visit: http://forum-ntaustria.at/

17th International Isla Conference on Medical Laser Applications

June 27-29, 2019, Germany
  • 18 high-profile lectures and presentations from the areas:

• Medical Laser Therapy
• PRP and Laser
• Pain Therapy
• Transcranial Laser Therapy
• Regenerative Medicine
• Photodynamic Tumor Therapy
• Laserneedle Acupuncture
• Sonodynamic Tumor Therapy
• Intravenous Laser Therapy
• Stem Cells and Laser
• Interstitial and Intra-articular Laser Therapy
• Immunotherapy

  • Speakers and participants from over 25 countries
  • Numerous workshops, live demonstrations and panel discussions
  • Selected exhibitors
  • Attractive supporting program

For more details, please visit: https://www.isla-laser.org/en/isla-congress-2019/

5th National Ear Acupuncture and Naturopathy Integrative Conference with International Participation

April 6-7, 2019. Budapest, Hungary

Ear acupuncture - both in research and in clinical practice – is gaining increasing emphasis worldwide. In 2013, we have launched the tradition of creating a platform -  by raising this profession higher level  -  for professional  workers to  on the one hand  to be informed of the results of quality, evidence -based research,  and on the other hand to learn of inspiring case studies, which they may  integrate in their daily practice to improve people's quality of life.
We cordially welcome our guests to the exhibition stalls to ensure the effectiveness of their work with new tools and information.

Featured Topics

  • New Paradigm in International Ear Acupuncture
  • The complementary and integrative application of Western and Easter medicine in acupuncture and other holistic medical procedures
  • The importance of exact localization of ear acupuncture points
  • Placebo – as the healer’s attitude, which is an important part of the healing process
  • The efficacy of soft laser in ear acupuncture therapy
  • Yoga, Qigong, Tai-chi, meditation, etc..

For more details, please visit: http://www.earacucongress.com/en/

4th Asian ISLA Conference for Medical Laser Applications and Regenerative Medicine

Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to the 4th Asian Conference for Medical Laser Applications and Regenerative Medicine presented by the International Society for Medial Laser Applications (ISLA). This conference aims at bringing together physicians of various specialties sharing a common interest in advancing Laser Therapy for the patients‘  benefit. This meeting is an excellent chance to get into contact with the leading experts from both fields and to meet old and hopefully new collaborators and friends.
Basic Mechanisms of Low-Level Lasers and Latest Research
Pain Management
Regenerative Medicine (PRP, Stem Cells, Injectables)
Anti-Microbial Therapies (Malaria, Hepatitis B/C, Lyme Disease)
Revolutionary Cancer Diagnostics
Photodynamic and Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy
Topical, Intravenous and Interstitital/Intra-articular Laser Applications
Laser Acupuncture
For more details, please visit:

High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine-2017

September 25-27, 2017, Xi’an, China

The Annual World Congress of High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (HTA&IM), initiated from 2014, had been successfully organized in Hangzhou and twice in Nanjing, and attracted more than 700 participants from 50 countries. HTA&IM congresses contribute to offering professionals in the field of high-tech acupuncture a multidisciplinary informative cooperative platform, and it has been the most definite and grand High-Tech Acupuncture event in Asia. The HTA&IM2017, with the theme of “Exploring Different Kinds of Modern Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine” will be held during September 25-27, 2017 in Xi’an, China.

To read the welcome letter from the Chair and more information, please visit: http://www.bitcongress.com/

The 9th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy

August 10-12, 2017, Singapore

Welcome to the 9th International Auriculotherapy Symposium to be held August 10-12, 2017 in Singapore. At the 8th Symposium at John Hopkins University, Montgomery Campus, Maryland in May 2014, Singapore was chosen as the next symposium destination as it is a truly modern green city and gateway to South East Asia and the Asia Pacific nations. The symposium will suit both the novice and advanced clinician with the length and breadth of knowledge to be presented. We invite you to contribute to the evidence base for auriculotherapy in 2017. There will be awards for the best research project and best poster presentation. In 2017, lifetime achievement awards will also be presented. Sponsors are very welcome to support one/several of the speakers, contribute towards the awards and the gala dinner.

For more details, please visit: http://www.auriculotherapysymposium.com/.

Phytopharm 2017

July 2-5, 2017, Graz, Austria

Welcome to the XXIst International Congress "Phytopharm 2017" in conjunction with 10th Anniversary of the TCM Research Center Graz to be held on July 2-5, 2017, Graz, Austria. More details are provided at: http://www.doclinika.ru/phyto2017.html.

High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine-2016

November 16–19, 2016, Nanjing, China

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of China Pharmaceutical University, the 3rd High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Congress (HTA&IM-2016) will be held during November 16-19, 2016, at Nanjing, China. With 7 Supporting Concurrent Conferences in Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Delivery, Cancer Immunotherapy, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis, Microbes, and Modern Chinese Medicine, as well as Variety Social Events, the conferences will attract 4000+ Participants from 80+ Countries with 500+ Poster and Exhibition Presentations to join in the grand festival!

HTA&IM-2016 as one Concurrent Conference of the Celebration Event will organize 12+ Parallel Sessions as well as Keynote Forum, and will approach 100+ Oral Presentations and 300+ Participants. You can enjoy other 8 concurrent conferences Free with Only One Registration Pass of HTA&IM!

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine welcomes the following types of articles: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers, color figures, supplementary file types. More details please see Instructions for Authors.

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