Integrative and Complementary MedicineOBM 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. 

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Free Publication in 2019
Current Issue: 2019  Archive: 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Experience and activities of the Regional Tuscan Centre for Integrative Medicine

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2018(Open)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

Elio Rossi, MD
1. Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine, Region of Tuscany, 50100 Florence, Italy
2. Homeopathic Centre of Lucca, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: infectious diseases; homeopathy; complementary medicine


Sonia Baccetti, MD
Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine
E-mail: [email protected]

Mariella Di Stefano
Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine
E-mail: [email protected]

About This Topic

The integration of complementary medicine (CM) in the regional public health of Tuscany started in the Nineties; it is widely considered the most relevant experience in Italy.

In 2005 based on a sufficient level of evidence, four CM - acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and manual medicine - were included in the regional Essential Levels of Assistance. In the same year, a regional law stipulated to provide CM to Tuscan citizens in the public health system. In 2007, the regional Law n. 9 regulated training and accreditation of professionals and schools in acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy.

This integration in the healthcare public service guarantees safety to citizens, since CM are subject to the same rules of official medicine and must respond to the same criteria of quality and appropriateness.

According to recent regulation, the priority areas where the Tuscan regional health system must provide CM services to Tuscan citizens are cancer care, pain control, promotion of physiological childbirth in low-risk pregnancies, gender medicine, prevention and treatment of upper respiratory infections and atopic diseases in childhood and adulthood.

The last survey (2016) reported that public clinics providing CM in the regional healthcare system of Tuscany were 85 for 36,290 visits in that year.

Planned Papers

Elio Rossi, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

The process of integration of complementary medicines in public healthcare service of Tuscany
Katia Belvedere, Directorate Citizen’s Rights and Social Cohesion, Region of Tuscany

Acupuncture for secondary symptoms of menopause
Valeria Monechi, Local Health Unit Tuscany centre

The experience of the Integrated Medicine Hospital in Pitigliano
Simonetta Bernardini, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Interactions herbs /drugs
Fabio Firenzuoli, Careggi University Hospital Florence

Integrative anesthesia in breast cancer surgery
Filippo Bosco, Pisa University Hospital

Integrative approach to the treatment of diabetes
Rosaria Ferreri, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Acupuncture in palliative care
Franco Cracolici, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Homeopathic treatment of atopic diseases
Elio Rossi, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Homeopathy for paediatric patients
Maria Marchitiello, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in breast cancer: pain and hot flashes
Sonia Baccetti, Local Health Unit Tuscany centre

Complementary medicine and lifestyles. A regional survey
Mariella Di Stefano, Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine

Chinese Medicine for breech position
Elena Cerri, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Acupuncture for chemo-related nausea and vomiting
Carmelo Guido, Careggi University Hospital Florence

Complementary medicine in the programs of Tuscan health international cooperation
Maria José Caldés Pinilla, Global Health Centre, Region of Tuscany


Open Access Research Article

Preliminary Long-Term Results of Homeopathic Treatment of Atopic Diseases in Adult Patients

Elio Rossi, Marco Picchi, Marialessandra Panozzo, Linda Nurra
Received: November 01, 2018; Published: June 20, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902038

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

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

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

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

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

Open Access Research Article

Integrated Oncology in an Integrated Medicine Hospital in Pitigliano (Grosseto, Italy)

Rosaria Ferreri, Simonetta Bernardini, Franco Cracolici , Francesca Bechini
Received: September 29, 2018; Published: February 1, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901008

Open Access Original Research

Acupuncture in Palliative Care

Franco Cracolici, Simonetta Bernardini, Rosaria Ferreri
Received: October 14, 2018; Published: January 31, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901006