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 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 [...]

Open Access Opinion

A Potential Role of Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency in Severe SARS-CoV2 Infection

Received: 01 August 2020;  Published: 26 October 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004042

Abstract

There is a dramatic need for extensive research into the predictors of severe infection with SARS-CoV2 and therapeutic options for infected people. People who suffer from severe illness and higher mortality display a pattern of having specific co-morbidities (diabetes, obesity, hypertension) and are [...]

Open Access Original Research

Comparing the Perspectives of Professionals and Relatives Toward the Quality of Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study

Received: 14 July 2020;  Published: 20 October 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004041

Abstract

High-quality care is an important aim of palliative care services. However, the quality of care is a complex phenomenon and is subjectively perceived by those who are closest to the services and are often evaluated poorly. Prior research has highlighted the difficulties in evaluating the [...]

Open Access Review

The Roles of Inflammation, Oxidative Stress and the Gut-Brain Axis in Treatment Refractory Depression in Youth: Complementary and Integrative Medicine Interventions

Received: 06 April 2020;  Published: 19 October 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004040

Abstract

Teen depression and suicide rates have risen despite conventional treatments. This article reviews adjunctive interventions that may improve outcomes. A search of the National Library of Medicine database used tailored searches with combinations of specific terms. Modern lifestyle is associated with [...]

Open Access Editorial

Hypnosis: From Neural Mechanisms to Clinical Practice

Received: 25 August 2020;  Published: 31 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003039

Open Access Review

Health Benefits of Green Tea in Obesity

Received: 26 June 2020;  Published: 31 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003038

Abstract

Adipocytes play a central role in maintaining lipid homeostasis and energy balance by storing triacylglycerols (TAGs) or releasing free fatty acids in response to changes in energy requirements. Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular di [...]

Open Access Review

Serious Illness Management: A Fuller Approach to Integrative Palliative Care

Received: 29 March 2020;  Published: 26 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003037

Open Access Research Article

Preclinical Investigation of the Acute Effects of Trigonella foenum-graecum Seed Powder on Blood Glucose in Normal and Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Rabbits

Received: 03 May 2020;  Published: 07 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003036

Abstract

To investigate the blood glucose lowering effect of the seed powder of T. foenum-graecum Linn (Papilionaceae) in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits. The blood glucose lowering effect of the seed powder was determined in normal and alloxan-induced (100 mg/kg, i.v.) diabetic rabbits, after or [...]

Open Access Original Research

Cognitive Impairment, Meditative Movement, and Gene Expression in Breast Cancer Survivors

Received: 20 May 2020;  Published: 27 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003035

Abstract

Breast cancer survivors (BCSs) report decrements in cognitive functioning. A Meditative Movement (MM) program (Qigong/Tai Chi Easy) combines meditation and exercise, practices known to improve cognitive function. Method: Using a single group, pre- to post-intervention assessment design, a pilot stud [...]

Open Access Communication

Child Life Specialists in Pediatric Hospital Care

Received: 12 May 2020;  Published: 17 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003034

Abstract

Child life specialists (CLS) are trained providers who form part of a pediatric multidisciplinary and pediatric palliative care team. Their role is invaluable to mitigate the stress and anxiety of children during hospitalization. They may use various strategies in children like play, art and music t [...]

Open Access Research Article

YNCRG Inhibited Metabolic Syndrome Through Appetite Suppression and Improved Lipid Metabolism in Metabolic Syndrome Model Rats

Received: 13 April 2020;  Published: 09 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003033

Abstract

Increased body fat mass can lead to lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increases the onset of multiple diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, which are closely related to lipid met [...]

Open Access Review

Hypnosis for Resilience

Received: 04 February 2020;  Published: 08 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003032

Abstract

The topic of resilience is of paramount importance. Although the term resilience was coined in the fields of physics and engineering, its use has spread to the fields of social sciences, biology, psychology, and psychiatry, as well as to the industry. Moreover, the term is now endowed with a wide ra [...]

Open Access Review

Thinking outside the Box: Could there be a Plant-Based Treatment for Coronavirus Infections? A Review of the Literature

Received: 02 April 2020;  Published: 18 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002031

Abstract

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is a viral pathogen that first emerged in Wuhan, China in 2002 and has spread to 202 countries (as of March 28, 2020) [1]. Despite the fact that the 2005 SARS-CoV pandemic infected over 8,500 people, and caused over 800 deaths with billions of dollars in economic loss [...]

Open Access Technical Note

Efficacy of LED Infrared Warming in the Periphery of the Human Body – First Investigations in a Subject using Thermography

Received: 15 April 2020;  Published: 11 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002030

Abstract

In this technical report, we present for the first time a newly developed multimodal light-emitting diode (LED) pad for photobiomodulation (PBM). In order to demonstrate the range of possibilities for its application, we carried out a comparison of measurements with and without infrared (IR) LEDs in [...]

Open Access Original Research

Hypnotic Responsiveness and Dissociation: A Multi-Variable Analysis

Received: 18 February 2020;  Published: 11 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002029

Abstract

Since Charcot [1], researchers and theorists have associated hypnotic responsiveness with dissociation. However, contemporary researchers have typically not documented impressive or statistically significant correlations between the most commonly used measure of dissociation, the Dissociative Experi [...]

Open Access Review

Recent Insight on How the Neuroscientific Approach Helps Clinicians

Received: 14 February 2020;  Published: 09 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002028

Abstract

Hypnosis is a modified state of consciousness widely used to decrease pain perception in research protocols and clinical practice. In recent decades, hypnosis has been increasingly proposed to patients to re-engage their resources and capacities to modulate pain and emotional distress and to improve [...]

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.

Register and Submit now.

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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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