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, 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.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.9 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14.7 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 8 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021

Topical Collection

Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine for Epidemics


Gerhard Litscher, Univ.-Prof. Prof. hc mult. MSc PhD MDsc

Full professor at Swiss University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SWISS TCM UNI), High-Tech Acupuncture and Digital Chinese Medicine, Switzerland

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Research Interests: Evidence-based complementary medicine; integrative medicine; biomedical engineering; traditional Chinese medicine; neuromonitoring; high-tech acupuncture; digital Chinese medicine; laser medicine

Topical Collection Information

Evidence-Based Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, it uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimum health. In many cases, as evidence of efficacy and safety grows, these therapies are being combined with conventional medicine.

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has great advantages in treating many diseases. It should be a new trend in treating epidemic diseases in the future. By Evidence-Based Integrative medicine, we can start to not only treat patients more effectively, but we can start to address the underlying lifestyle choices and emotional needs.

This special issue provides an open forum for researchers to share their research findings in the use of Evidence-Based Integrative medicine for epidemics disease. We welcome contributions in any form, including, original research, case report, review, etc.

Publication (5 papers)


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Open Access Original Research

Erectile Function in Men during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Received: 25 August 2023;  Published: 18 February 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2401014


This research focused on two age groups of men (under 40 and over 40 years) and their sexual function during the COVID-19 pandemic. Somatic examinations, including the measurement of hormone levels, were conducted on all patients. The subjects also completed two questionnaires and provid [...]
Open Access Original Research

Medicament Testing in the Diagnosis of Long COVID Syndrome

Received: 08 October 2023;  Published: 16 January 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2401010


Long COVID syndrome resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection has a prevalence of 10%-35% in the population. Numerous studies of the disease are currently being conducted concerning the manifestations of long COVID syndrome; however, there are no data on the use of electroacupuncture diagnosis (EAV) and m [...]


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Open Access Original Research

The Course of COVID: How the Pandemic Changed Art Therapy Practice

Received: 30 May 2023;  Published: 19 July 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2303029


This study explored how the global COVID-19 pandemic changed the ways in which art therapists use art in their therapeutic practice. Art has repeatedly been linked to healing in a variety of settings, but generally art therapists have been accustomed to conducting therapy sessions in per [...]


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Open Access Short Review

Review of Curcumin and Its Different Formulations: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Interactions

Received: 22 May 2022;  Published: 27 December 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2204057


Curcumin, the yellow principle of the Indian Turmeric, ‘Haldi’ has recently attracted renewed interest in the field of experimental medicine with pleiotropic activity. This review has emphasized three pharmaceutical studies of interest: the pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and pharmacodynamics of cur [...]


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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 resu [...]