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.

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016


Gerhard Litscher, MSc, PhD, MDsc (Biography)

Professor and Head of the Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, of the Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and of the TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

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Research Interests: biomedical engineering; neuromonitoring in anesthesia and intensive care medicine; high-tech acupuncture; laserneedle medicine; complementary and integrative laser medicine; evidence-based complementary medicine
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Modernization of Acupuncture Education and Research

Editorial Board

James D. Adams, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Research Interests: California Indian healing; traditional healing; medicinal plants; phytochemistry; pharmacology; pain; stroke
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special IssueComplementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions

Paul J. Arciero, FACSM, FTOS

Professor and Director, Human Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory, Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department, Skidmore College, NY, USA

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Research Interests: Protein pacing; prise protocol; nutrition and fitness interventions; sport performance nutrition; resistance training; yoga and stretching training; endurance training; interval training; neurocognitive training; bioenergetics; exercise training; obesity and disease prevention; energy metabolism; diet and exercise

Steven K. H. Aung, MD

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

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Research Interests: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); acupuncture; integrative medicine
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: How Compassion Benefits in the Healing Process

Nancy Nies Byl, PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA

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Research Interests: Neural consequences of repetitive strain injuries; focal dystonia; Parkinson’s disease; stroke; repetitive strain injury; aging; neural plasticity; neurological or musculoskeletal degenerative disease; rehabilitation; physical therapy

Raymond Chuen-Chung CHANG, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, China


Research Interests: neurodegeneration; pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease; molecular mechanisms of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease dementia; lewy body dementias; neuroimmune responses / neuroimmunology; vision loss in Alzheimer’s disease; molecular signaling of neurodegeneration

Shilin Chen, PhD

Director and Professor, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine, Beijing 100700, China

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Research Interests: resource and identification of traditional Chinese medicine; pharmacognosy

William Chi-shing Cho, PhD

Department of Clinical Oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, China


Research Interests: cancer biomarker; Chinese medicine; diabetes mellitus; evidence-based medicine; genomics; microRNA; molecular diagnostics; nasopharyngeal carcinoma; non-small cell lung cancer; proteomics

Lisa A. Conboy, MA, MS, SCD

1. Instructor in Medicine, Part-time, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2. Director of Research Department, The New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University, Newton, MA, USA
3. Founding member, Researcher, Kripalu Center for Yoga and health, Stockbridge, MA, USA

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Research Interests: the associations between social factors and health; women's health; complementary and alternative medicine; qualitative research methodology; yoga; Ayurveda; Chinese medicine; acupuncture; meditation; mind-body therapies; placebo; patient-practitioner relationship; consciousness and health

Edwin L. Cooper, PhD, SCD, Distinguished Professor

1. Laboratory of Comparative Immunology, Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
2. Founding Editor in Chief, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 1977
3. Founding Editor in Chief, eCAM, 2004

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Research Interests: antimicrobial peptides; CAM mechanisms with applications to biomedicine; comparative immunology; invertebrate immune systems; evolution of neuroimmune systems

Joao Bosco Guerreiro da Silva, PhD

Professor of Acupuncture Service, Department of Medicine II,Rio Preto Medical School (Famerp),Brazil

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Research Interests: clinical acupuncture; acupuncture in pregnancy; acupuncture education; herbal medicine; integrative medicine

Trisha Dunning, PhD

1. Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
2. Chair in Nursing and Director of Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research, Deakin University and Barwon Health, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia

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Research Interests: older people with diabetes; diabetes and palliative; end of life care; complementary and alternative medicine
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special IssueComplementary Therapies and Diabetes

W. Douglas Evans, PhD

Professor of Prevention and Community Health & Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

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Research Interests: Behavioral health; community health; health communication; health information technology; nutrition; risk assessment, management and communication; underserved populations

Michael Frass, MD

1. Professor, Department of Medicine I, Clinical Division of Oncology, Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria
2. Director, Outpatients Unit “Homeopathy in Malignant Disease”, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
3. Chairperson, WissHom (Scientific Society for Homeopathy), Köthen, Germany
4. Chairman, Institute for Homeopathic Research

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Research Interests: internal medicine; intensive care medicine; experimental and clinical homeopathy; airway management; intubation; emergency medicine
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special IssueApplication of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients

Brenda Golianu, MD

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94304, USA

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Research Interests: integrative pediatric medicine; perioperative and pain medicine; acupuncture; laser acupuncture; acupressure

Kun-Chan Lan, PhD

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 704, Taiwan

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Research Interests: Computerization of traditional Chinese medicine (automatic diagnosis, painless acupuncture, intelligent prescription system); realistic Network Simulation, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Sensor Network, and Health Informatics

Fengxia Liang, PhD

Professor, Deputy Director of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Institute, Associate Dean of Acupuncture & Moxibustion and Othopaedic College, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan 430061, China


Research Interests: acupuncture; moxibustion

Daniela Litscher, MSc, PhD

TCM Research Center Graz, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

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Research Interests: pharmacopuncture; laser acupuncture

Cun-Zhi Liu, PhD

Professor, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100010, China

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Research Interests: acupuncture; moxibustion

Sing Kai Lo, PhD

Associate Vice President (Graduate Studies) and Dean of Graduate School, The Education University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China

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Research Interests: epidemiological methods; social and personal wellbeing; traditional Chinese medicine

Michael D. Lumpkin, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC 20057, USA

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Research Interests: stress physiology; stress-related diseases; neuroimmunology; neuroendocrinology; stress hormones; mind-body medicine; integrative medicine

Thomas Lundeberg, MD, PhD, Acc Prof

1. Medical director, Insurance medicine, Danderyds Hospital AB, Sweden
2. Medical advisor, Medeon, Malmö, Sweden
3. Editor in Chief, Acupuncture and Related Therapies, Elsevier

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Research Interests: acupuncture; integrative physiology; pain; biotechnology; analytical chemistry

Bruno Lunenfeld, MD, PhD

Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

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Research Interests: Pathology; Reproductive Medicine; Endocrinology; Reproductive Biology

Sanghamitra M. Misra, MD

Assistant Professor, Academic General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA

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Research Interests: hospital-based integrative medicine; CAM use in underserved populations; integrative therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and asthma; integrative medicine education

Srinivas Nammi, PhD

1. School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia
2. National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia

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Research Interests: chronic kidney disease; fatty liver disease; herbal pharmacology; insulin resistance; lipid disorders; metabolic syndrome; obesity; pharmacokinetics and drug interactions; type 2 diabetes and its complications
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special IssueHerbal Medicines for the Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome

Solomon Ike Okosun, MS, MPH, PhD, FRSPH, FTOS, FACE

Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

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Research Interests: Chronic diseases epidemiology; epidemiology of metabolic syndrome; epidemiology of chronic diseases in populations of African origin; immigrant health; data management and analyses & secondary data analysis

Sok Cheon Pak, PhD

1. Senior Lecturer and Program Leader of the Bachelor of Health Science, School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
2. Adjunct Professor, Wonkwang Health Science University, Korea

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Research Interests: bee venom application; acupuncture: pain threshold; morphine dose reduction; medicinal herbs: anti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; immune-enhancing; polycystic ovarian syndrome; pap smear; evidence-based practice
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Health Benefits of Meditation

Kyu Hyun Park, MD, PhD

1. Emeritus Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Pusan, 46241 Korea
2. Professor, Department of Neurology, Jungang Nara Hospital, Pusan, 602739 Korea

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Research interests: cerebral blood flow; headache; stroke; movement disorder; dementia; neuromuscular disorders and neuroelectrophysiology; acupuncture

Ronald W. Pies, MD

1. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Lecturer on Bioethics & Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA
2. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts U. School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

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Research Interests: Psychiatry, mental health and medical; bio ethics; spiritual and religious aspects of medical and psychological care; the use of literature and poetry in medicine.

Im Quah-Smith, MD, PhD

1. Research Associate, CHeBA, University of New South Wales, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
2. Independent Medical Researcher, Roseville Wellness Group, Roseville, NSW 2069, Australia

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Research Interests: acupuncture; auriculotherapy; laser; neuromodulation based healing approaches; brain sciences; meditation; higher consciousness research; stress management; mental health and wellbeing; preventative care
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Acupuncture for Women’s and Children’s Health

Robert B. Raffa, PhD

1. Professor Emeritus & Past Chair, Temple University School of Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA) and Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (Tucson, AZ), USA
2. Chief Scientific Officer, Neumentum, Inc, Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Research Interests: Drug receptor pharmacology; Analgesia; Opioids; Drug discovery

Beverly Rubik, PhD

1. President and Founder, Institute for Frontier Science, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
2. Professor, Energy Medicine University, Oakland, CA 94611, USA

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Research Interests: energy medicine; electrohypersensitivity; mind-body science; consciousness studies; basic and clinical research in alternative, complementary, and integrative health; integrative health practices; holistic health assessment; anti-aging; enhanced self-care; East-West perspectives on consciousness, health, healing, and the mind-body interactions; yoga; qigong

Jack Warren Salmon, PhD

Professor of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

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Research Interests: corporatization of medicine and pharmacy; managed care pharmacy; urban health care delivery; comparative health care systems; global pharmaceutical industry developments; alternative and complimentary medicines; selected health policy issues

Enrica Santarcangelo, PhD, Associate Professor

Department of Translational Research and New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

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Research interests: hypnotizability; sensorimotor integration; cognitive control of cardiovascular system; imagery; suggestions; cognitive control of pain

Venkat Sharma, PhD

Dean and Professor, College of Science and Health, William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ, USA

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Research Interests: transcription and cytokine biology; immunology; nano-Immunology; biochemistry of leukemia; HIV-associated B-cell lymphomas and biomedical ethics

Rafat A. Siddiqui, PhD, MS, BS

Associate Professor, Nutrition Science and Food Chemistry Laboratory, Agricultural Research Station, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA 23804, USA

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Research Interests: Lipids in health and disease; nutraceuticals for anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic properties; nutrients for improving muscle growth; super foods (papaya, turmeric, plums, grapes)

Lu Wang, MD

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

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Research Interests: general medicine; acupuncture; Chinese diagnose and herbal medicine; laserneedle medicine; complementary and integrated medicine

Albert S. Yeung, MD, SCD

1. Director of Primary Care Research at Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
2. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA

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Research Interests: Integrating primary care; treatment of depression, mental health; anxiety disorders.

Zhang-Jin Zhang, BMed, MMed, PhD

Professor and Associate Director (Clinic) of School of Chinese Medicine, Honorary Professor of Department of Psychiatry, and Honorary Professor of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

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Research Interests: Chinese medicine; acupuncture; herb-drug interactions; neural mechanisms of acupuncture effects; neuropsychiatric disorders