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OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine , Volume 6 , Issue 1 (2021)

Pages: 138

Published: March 2021

(This book is a printed edition that was published in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine)

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Cover story: The COVID-19 pandemic has raged around the world. In this issue, Keita Kiuchi and colleagues report on the impact of individual and environmental factors on physical and mental health and suicidal ideation, both directly and indirectly through pandemic-related stressors, based on the results of a survey of the general population in Japan. View this paper.

Volume 6,Issue 1

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


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 adults across five cohorts participated in this pre-post design feasibility study. Participation in Somatic Self-Compassion® Online resulted in significant reductions in perceived stress, internalized [...]

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


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 respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 outbreak. An online survey was administered to 1,500 Japanese registered with an online outsourcing service. Data were analyzed with structural equation modeling using M [...]

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


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 results of the present study obtained in Wuhan provide information on the initial trend in this regard.

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


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 particular focus on identifying the factors associated with a requirement for mental health treatment. Japanese residents aged 18 years and above were surveyed online, and among the 1,500 obtained resp [...]

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


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 nonpharmacological modalities that are aligned with the person’s goals, values and preferences. Healing is valued, as well as symptom relief, shared decisionmaking, person empowerment, compassionate care [...]

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


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 both the induction and quiescent phases. Educational hospitalization providing a plant-based diet was found effective in suppressing flare-up in ulcerative colitis. This case report was designed to asses [...]

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


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 integrative services within a pediatric hematology-oncology program may help improve cancer-related symptoms by combining different modalities targeting overall health with traditional oncology care. This stud [...]

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


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 nutritional changes are being made that could place them at higher risk for mental health problems. A cross-sectional epidemiological nonprobability snowball sampling design was used to expand access [...]

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


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 for a better understanding of neuro-PBM. In this editorial, a summary of the recent results with stimulation using different frequencies (e.g., 40 Hz, 136.1 Hz) is presented. The contribution is intende [...]

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


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 immediately observed that one participant referred to as Andy was being bullied and teased, and the teachers were completely unaware of this scenario. All the participants of the study were volunteer [...]

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


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 to the journal's editorial process. We aim to recognize reviewer contributions through several mechanisms, of which the annual publication of reviewer names is one. Reviewers receive a voucher entitlin [...]