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. 

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

How Compassion Benefits in the Healing Process

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editor

Steven K. H. Aung, CM, AOE, MD, PhD, FAAFP
1. Director and Clinical Professor, Integrative Health Institute (IHI), Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8, Canada
2. Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Extension, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine, and School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8, Canada
E-Mail: [email protected]
Websites: http://www.aung.com; https://uofa.ualberta.ca/integrative-health-institute/directors/steven-aung
Research Interests: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); acupuncture; integrative medicine

About This Topic

Compassion can be defined in many ways, but each definition has positive connotations. There is two ways of treating a patient; one is treating with a lack of compassion, a very mechanical and utilitarian approach. The other is with compassion and kindness, a way in which promotes trust and friendship between doctor and patient. When treating this way a doctor must have good intentions and not simply be treating a patient, but healing from the bottom of their heart.
This special issue focuses on the effects of patient – doctor relationships when compassion is involved in the healing process, and the benefits this may hold for the future success of acupuncture and medicine as a whole.

Publication

Open Access Research Article

Does a Brief Mindfulness Training Enhance Heartfulness in Students? Results of a Pilot Study

Myriam Rudaz, Thomas Ledermann, Michael P. Twohig, Michael E. Levin
Received: May 24, 2019; Published: October 10, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904059

Open Access Comment

Compassion in a Doctor-Patient Relationship: Objectively Measuring Compassionate Behavior Using the Emotional Availability (EA) Scales

Zeynep Biringen, Anna Fuchs, Sabine C. Herpertz, Erin K. Biringen
Received: March 13, 2019; Published: July 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903048

Open Access Opinion

How to Heal the Healer: Combating Burnout Using Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Michelle H. Dick, Nayla M. Khoury
Received: June 13, 2019; Published: July 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903047

Open Access Review

Breath Practices for Survivor and Caregiver Stress, Depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Connection, Co-regulation, Compassion

Patricia L. Gerbarg, Richard P. Brown, Chris C. Streeter, Martin Katzman, Monica Vermani   
Received: April 10, 2019; Published: July 12, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903045

Open Access Commentary

Compassion in Medical Practice

Christopher Lam
Received: April 25, 2019; Published: July 08, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903044

Open Access Opinion

Doing Brief Work, Slowly: Compassion as Intervention in Behavioral Medicine

Ron Dolgin, Matthew J. Davis
Received: March 20, 2019; Published: June 18, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902037

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

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

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

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

Open Access Review

Is Self-Compassion Important for Health Care Practitioners?

Sharon Freeman Clevenger
Received: November 25, 2018; Published: January 31, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901007

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