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. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Open Access Original Research

The Effect of Chinese Medicine for Rehabilitation of Discharged COVID-19 Patients: A Protocol for Multi-Center Observational Study

Received: 24 May 2021;  Published: 13 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103022

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted for more than 16 months, and there have been over 169 million confirmed cases worldwide. Besides, after treatment with Western medicine or undergoing home quarantine, COVID-19 patients are still severely or mildly functionally impaired. Though COVID-19 pa [...]

Open Access Review

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Approaches to COVID-19: A Narrative Review

Received: 11 April 2021;  Published: 12 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103021

Abstract

Traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine (TCIM) approaches to COVID-19 represent a paradigm shift from Western medicine, in that TCIM emphasizes prevention, encouraging wellness, and supporting health and recovery. A wide range of TCIM approaches exist: whole medical systems [...]

Open Access Technical Note

Systemic Agro-Homeopathy: A New Approach to Agriculture

Received: 11 May 2021;  Published: 12 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103020

Abstract

Modern agriculture must meet the changing needs of society both in terms of food quality and with regards to the environmental issues related to primary production (e.g., biodiversity, habitats, the quality of water and air, and climate change). In this context, win-win solutions at the [...]

Open Access Communication

Therapeutic Musical Scales: Theory and Practice

Received: 19 November 2020;  Published: 24 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102019

Abstract

Using musical scales in a therapeutic key is one of the fundamental music therapy techniques of the Yoga of Sound (Nāda Yoga). The practice consists of singing particular sound formulas (scales), which are devised on a logical mathematical basis formed by specific musical intervals. Thes [...]

Open Access Editorial

Three Inspiring Review Articles on Photobiomodulation: Update 2021

Received: 18 May 2021;  Published: 20 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102018

Abstract

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is an accurate term for an effective and important application of light in medicine (such as in photomedicine). Three review articles of authors from the International Society of Medical Laser Applications (ISLA-Transcontinental) on the topic of PBM with a total [...]

Open Access Review

Cancer Cachexia: The Comparative Mechanisms of Weight Loss after Esophagectomy and Bariatric Surgery

Received: 12 October 2020;  Published: 17 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102017

Abstract

Oesophageal cancer is the ninth most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide [1]. Over the past number of years, due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment, we are seeing improvements in the survival ra [...]

Open Access Concept Paper

Body-Mind Medicine Interventions in COVID-19 Place Confinement for Mental, Physical and Spiritual Wellbeing

Received: 23 February 2021;  Published: 27 April 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102016

Abstract

The SARS-COV-2 virus has changed people’s lives and caused significant public health issues. The lockdown implemented by several governments across the globe has raised serious concerns on mental and physical wellbeing. Doctors, nurses and other COVID-19 frontline workers being put under [...]

Open Access Review

Ketogenic Diet and Health

Received: 28 December 2020;  Published: 21 April 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102015

Abstract

Carbohydrate-restricted ketogenic diets (KD) were introduced in the mid-19th century as a weight loss method with a resurgence of its use in epilepsy treatment in the 1920’s. Research conducted over the last several years provides evidence that KD’s can confer beneficial effects for several chronic [...]

Open Access Review

Applications of Energy Psychology in Addressing the Psychological Roots of Illness

Received: 01 February 2021;  Published: 19 April 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102014

Abstract

The ways psychological factors affect illness is, in recent years, being biochemically mapped. The subspecialties of psychosomatic medicine, health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and integrative medicine work with mind and body in concert to promote health and healing. A specialized mind-body ap [...]

Open Access Review

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Children with Sickle Cell Disease: Prevalence and Factors Associated with Use

Received: 26 December 2020;  Published: 15 April 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102013

Abstract

Background and Aim: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common hematological disorders in the world. In the United States, it is the single most common genetic hematological disorder. The burden of SCD and its complications on pediatric patients is tremendous, especially in acute and chroni [...]

Open Access Short Report

Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Education and School System at a Large School in the Nations' Least Affluent Congressional District and Around the World

Received: 23 December 2020;  Published: 13 April 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2102012

Abstract

Towards the end of 2019, an unanticipated outbreak, coronavirus also referred to as COVID-19’s first cases occurred in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In early 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic as a Public Health emergency of international concern. COVID-19 is a tran [...]

Open Access Research Article

Somatic Self-Compassion Training Reduces Perceived Stress, Internalized Shame, and Bodily Shame while Increasing Coping Self-efficacy and Self-compassion

Received: 27 October 2020;  Published: 31 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101011

Abstract

Somatic Self-Compassion® training is a newly developed trauma-informed mindfulness, embodiment and self-compassion training that was designed to combine interoception and sensory modulation in order to teach individuals to more effectively cope with current and past stress. Thirty-two non-clinical a [...]

Open Access Original Research

Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on Physical and Mental Health, Psychological Distress, and Suicidal Ideation, and the Mediating Role of Stressors

Received: 23 December 2020;  Published: 17 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101010

Abstract

This study investigated the physical and psychological impacts of elements related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and demographic data in Japan both directly and as mediated by stressors, immediately following the rescinding of the state of emergency declaration accompanying the severe acute resp [...]

Open Access Editorial

COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan: Heart Rate Variability in Females and Males – A Pilot Study

Received: 14 March 2021;  Published: 15 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101009

Abstract

In a pioneer transcontinental pilot study conducted with 50 volunteers, it was revealed that women could have apparently overcome the world's toughest lockdown in terms of changes in the general state of health measured using the heart rate variability parameter better than men. The resu [...]

Open Access Original Research

Risk and Protective Factors for Poorer Overall Health, Increased Psychological Distress, and Suicidal Ideation Due to SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the General Japanese Population

Received: 28 December 2020;  Published: 12 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101008

Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak is expected to have harmed the mental health of numerous people worldwide. Therefore, the present study was aimed to explore the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak on the overall health of the general Japanese population, with a p [...]

Open Access Review

Addressing Symptom Clusters with Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies in Palliative Care Populations: A Narrative Review

Received: 02 October 2020;  Published: 22 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101007

Abstract

Both palliative care (PC) and integrative medicine (IM) focus on the whole person to optimize wellbeing. Integrative palliative care combines the best of both approaches in relieving the distressing symptoms of serious illness and its treatment by combining evidence informed, pharmacological and non [...]

Open Access Case Report

Successful Weight Reduction in Metabolic Syndrome with a Hypocaloric Plant-Based Diet (Lacto-ovo-vegetarian Diet) with Exercise During an Educational Hospitalization: Report of Three Cases

Received: 13 January 2021;  Published: 20 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101006

Abstract

The high prevalence of obesity is a global concern. However, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease have similarities in epidemiology, diet, and gut microbial dysbiosis. An omnivorous (westernized) diet replacement with a plant-based diet in inflammatory bowel disease achieved better outcomes in bot [...]

Open Access Project Report

Development of a Pediatric Integrative Oncology Program: Pearls, Barriers, and Future Directions

Received: 02 December 2020;  Published: 08 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101005

Abstract

Children with cancer can experience intense suffering. Currently, despite our best efforts, symptoms associated with both cancer and its treatment result in physical, psychological, and emotional discomfort that can be difficult to manage with traditional Western medicine alone. Developing integrati [...]

Open Access Original Research

Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Healthcare Workers

Received: 20 December 2020;  Published: 07 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101004

Abstract

Healthcare workers (HCWs) have been adapting to the changing needs of people worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this descriptive study was to evaluate how HCWs are managing dietary self-care needs during the increased stress-load of the COVID-19 pandemic and determine if [...]

Open Access Editorial

Neuro-Photobiomodulation: Stimulation of the Brain Using Different Frequencies

Received: 18 January 2021;  Published: 20 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101003

Abstract

Neuro-photobiomodulation (PBM) is a relatively novel optical stimulation method that is not yet generally accepted in conventional medicine. Therefore, evidence-based research in this sub-area, which is important for laser medicine, is necessary in order to provide appropriate scientific evidence fo [...]

Open Access Case Report

Effect of Physical Exercise Training on Bullying and Depression in a Classroom: A Case Report

Received: 21 June 2020;  Published: 07 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101002

Abstract

In a previous study conducted to assess the impact of physical exercise on the symptoms of depression and anxiety in preadolescents in the school environment, which included a subgroup of participants comprising eleven randomly selected teens (aged 9–11) and all enrolled in primary education, it was [...]

Open Access Editorial

Acknowlegement to Reviewers of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine in 2020

Received: 07 January 2021;  Published: 07 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101001

Abstract

The editors of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2020. We greatly appreciate the contribution of expert reviewers, which is crucial t [...]

Open Access Research Article

Auricular Acupuncture with Beads Supports Sustained Weight Loss

Received: 17 May 2020;  Published: 09 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004045

Abstract

Obesity causes serious long-term health problems in people worldwide. Since the effect of dietary advice is possibly limited, weight loss can be a major challenge; therefore, additional weight control techniques may be beneficial. We conducted four experiments to evaluate if auricular acupuncture po [...]

Open Access Review

Nutritional Interventions in Cancer Cachexia Prevention and Treatment

Received: 28 September 2020;  Published: 07 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004044

Abstract

Cancer cachexia contributes to 30% of cancer-related deaths. There is currently no treatment or standard of care for cancer cachexia. Many nutritional interventions show promise for the treatment and or prevention of cachexia. Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamins either alo [...]

Open Access Editorial

Dynamic Pulse Reaction – Update 2020

Received: 11 November 2020;  Published: 13 November 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004043

Abstract

The Nogier reflex or reflex auriculo-cardiac (RAC) or the dynamic pulse reaction is a physiological phenomenon that is not generally accepted in conventional medicine. Therefore, evidence-based research in this sub-area is important for auricular medicine as it provides appropriate scientific eviden [...]

The 20th Conference on International Society for Medical Laser Applications

September 10th- 11th, 2021
Beverungen, Germany

In the last years, a lot of research has been performed in the field of medical laser therapy. The overall results show that medical laser therapy’s potential is even higher than expected. Up to now, already thousands of practitioners worldwide are using external, interstitial and intravenous laser therapy for the benefit of their patients.

Current focus of research:

1. Photodynamic Tumortherapy

2. Anti-microbial photodynamic Therapy (Malaria and Tuberculosis)

3. Interstitial and intra-articular Lasertherapy (Arthrosis knee joint)

4. Transcranial Lasertherapy (Strokes)

For more details, please visit:

https://www.isla-laser.org/en/isla-congress-2021/

18th International Isla Conference on Medical Laser Applications

November 28th- 30th, 2019
Bangkok, Thailand

In the last years, a lot of research has been performed in the field of medical laser therapy. The overall results show that medical laser therapy’s potential is even higher than expected. Up to now, already thousands of practitioners worldwide are using external, interstitial and intravenous laser therapy for the benefit of their patients.

All the data is collected and presented at the annual ISLA conferences.

Current focus of research:

1. Photodynamic Tumortherapy

2. Anti-microbial photodynamic Therapy (Malaria and Tuberculosis)

3. Interstitial and intra-articular Lasertherapy (Arthrosis knee joint)

4. Transcranial Lasertherapy (Strokes)

For more details, please visit:

https://www.isla-laser.org/en/isla-congress-2019/

WFAS 2019 International Symposium on Acupuncture – Moxibution

November 14 - 17, 2019
Turkey

WFAS 2019 International Symposium on Acupuncture – Moxibution to be held on November 14 – 17, 2019 at the Kaya Palazzo Belek Hotel & Convention Center in Antalya – Turkey. The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘International Consensus on Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine’.

The symposium aims to bring together the health professionals from around the world working on acupuncture and complementary medicine to share their knowledge, skills and practices; to learn new techniques and complementary applications and to get take-home messages and practices for their daily workflow.

The scientific program will include plenary sessions, keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, practical applications on the clinical practices of acupuncture, moxibustion and complementary medicine in order for the participants to improve the quality and success of their daily practice. We are confident that this will be a very good opportunity for you to update the relevant data and their clinical applications and interactive moments will clarify the uncertainties.

We aim to create an environment that generates a great deal of dialogue among participants and the experts, leading to idea exchange and discussions, collaborations and most importantly friendship.
We would be delighted to welcome you in a socially enjoyable, scientifically rich, comfortable and warm environment. We want to feel completely at home, in Antalya, and in Turkey. Your participation and your contribution will be our strength.

MAIN TOPICS

  • Scientific Studies about Acupuncture
  • Cardiology
  • Cosmetics
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Internal Medicine (Endocrinology, Nephrology, Hepatology, Hematology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Immunology)
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Opthalmology
  • Orthopedics and Rheumatology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Urology

DISCIPLINES

  1. ACUPUNCTURE
  2. OTHER DISCIPLINES (TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE)
    • Apitherapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Cupping Therapy
    • Hirudotherapy
    • Homeopathy
    • Hypnosis
    • Maggot Therapy
    • Mesotherapy
    • Musicotherapy
    • Osteopathy
    • Ozone Therapy
    • Phytotherapy
    • Prolotherapy
    • Reflexology

For more details, please visit:

https://www.wfasturkey2019.com/en/

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.
Topics:
Neural Therapy
NT and Acupuncture
Neuromodular trigger (Interference fields)
Matrix
NT and Lasertherapy
NT and Orthomolecular Medicine
Mesotherapy
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.
Topics: 
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:
http://www.isla-laser.org/en/events/ 

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/
HTA&IM2017/
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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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Highly Accessed Articles

Editorial

by Fengxia Liang and Gerhard Litscher

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021

Published: 26 February 2020

Original Research

by Randolph James et al.

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021

Published: 06 September 2019

Review

by Patricia Gerbarg et al.

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021

Published: 12 July 2019

Concept Paper

by Istvan Széchenyi

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021

Published: 26 February 2019

Technical Note

by Peta Stapleton et al.

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2021

Published: 15 February 2019

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