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
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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. 

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Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2022): Submission to First Decision: 6 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 10 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Acupuncture for Women’s and Children’s Health

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

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

About This Topic

Dear colleagues and friends,

The beneficial effects of acupuncture (and auricular acupuncture) in the treatment of disease and dysfunction hence restoring health and wellbeing are well documented. The growing body of neuroimaging and neurophysiological research confirming this has been outstanding over the last two decades. It is hence important to document how acupuncture can be integrated into Women’s and Children’s health to ensure optimal outcomes for our future generations.
I invite you all to share your acupuncture knowledge in this very important group discipline.
Original research, short communications on upcoming projects or clinical trends and teaching protocols are all welcome. Please explore the link for authors (http://www.lidsen.com/journals/hg/hg-instructions-for-authors) and note the submission timing in 2019.
In Australia, we have a new discipline of medicine based on the Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHAD). Acupuncture will make a significant contribution towards solving some of the many DOHAD health concerns.

Yours sincerely
Im Quah-Smith, MD, PhD.
Conjoint Lecturer, Womens and Childrens Health
UNSW Medicine
The University of New South Wales
Randwick 2031 Australia


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Auricular acupuncture; women’s and children’s health; dysfunction; neurophysiological; treatment


Open Access Case Report

Acupuncture for Management of Symptom Clusters in a Patient with Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Case Report

Received: 07 October 2019;  Published: 02 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001011


Acupuncture has increasingly been used to address a variety of symptoms in patients with cancer. Here we present a case to illustrate the use of acupuncture in a 35-year-old female with metastatic breast cancer who presented to the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) with physical and psychological symptom clusters of insomnia, anxiet [...]
Open Access Original Research

Treatment of Chronic Post Surgical Pain Using Micro-current Point Stimulation Applied to C-Section Scars

Received: 25 March 2019;  Published: 25 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903056


Background: Direct Current (DC) microcurrent point stimulation (MPS) is increasingly recognized as a therapy for chronic pain and stress management. However, there remains limited evidence as to the therapeutic value in chronic of MPS chronic post surgical pain (CPSP) management related to C-Section scars. Objectives: We aimed to determine [...]
Open Access Review

A Review on Acupuncture as a Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Received: 07 June 2019;  Published: 20 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903051


The incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is increasing due to more mothers using illicit drugs. This results in an increase in costs and resources for the healthcare system. Newborns with NAS might experience withdrawal symptoms that can cause pain, distress, and may potentially increase the risk of future health complications. [...]
Open Access Case Report

Auriculotherapy for Intractable Hiccups-A Case Report

Received: 22 March 2019;  Published: 04 June 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902034


A 16 year old girl was evaluated for intractable hiccups for 6 six months, with a prior negative clinical and laboratory evaluation, and without any improvement with a variety of folk and medicinal therapies. A single treatment session of auriculotherapy produced a full clinical remission.