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.

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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.

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)

Special Issue

Application of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Michael Frass, MD

1. 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

About This Topic

Oncologic patients are often suffering from side effects of conventional therapy such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. In order to support those patients, additive complementary medicine, such as homeopathy might be helpful. Several case reports as well as studies report beneficial effects of homeopathy in cancer patients. Furthermore, homeopathy may also be helpful with respect to improvement of quality of life (QoL). Another advantage is that homeopathic remedies can be combined with all sorts of conventional medicine, since there is no interference. Its ease of application makes it a perfect tool for those with severe side effects. In addition, it may help to positively influence mood and mind of patients. This issue focuses on the use of homeopathy in order to reduce severe side effects of conventional medicine.

Planned Papers

Title: Position of homeopathy in the treatment of severe Pathologies - possibilities of homeopathic palliation
Author: Uwe Friedrich
Affiliations: Hahnemann Clinic Baltrum, Germany

Title: Homeopathy in patients with malignant disease: New aspects
Author: Jens Wurster
Affiliations: Clinica Santa Croce, Orselina, Switzerland

Title: Management of Cancer with Homoeopathy.
Author: Farokh Master
Affiliations: Smt. Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Homeopathic Medical College, Mumbai, India.

Title: Nanoparticles in all ultra-high dilutions of homeopathic drugs (Centesimal 6C-CM and LM scale LM1-LM30): possible impact on treatment of cancer patients
Author: Scaria Rajendran
Affiliations: Director (Doctoral & Post graduate studies) Vinayaka Mission’s Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Professor & Head of the Department of Organon of Medicine and Homeopathic Philosophy, Vinayaka Mission University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Title: Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on cancer cells
Author: Moshe Frenkel
Affiliations: Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Title: Role of homeopathy for life quality in pediatric cancer patients
Author: Sigrid Kruse
Affiliations: Dr. von Hauner´sches Pedicatric Hospital, Munich, Germany

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Open Access Editorial

Highlights of Application of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients: An Interview with Prof. Michael Frass

Received: 13 November 2019;  Published: 14 November 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1904063


Highlights of Application of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients: An Interview with Prof. Michael Frass
Open Access Case Report

Cancer and the Display of Lymph Nodes Using Potentized Remedies (Derivates of Iodine and Carbo Animalis)

Received: 10 May 2018;  Published: 10 June 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902035


(1) Background: The article provides insight into the mode of the immune system acting hierarchically when administering potentized remedies. Occasionally, this can be best seen in severe cases as available with cancer. (2) Methods: The careful anamnesis and subsequent prescription is based on Jan Scholten’s hierarchic classification of [...]
Open Access Review

Integrative Cancer Therapy with Special Focus on Add-On Homeopathy: The Experience at Lienz Hospital

Received: 02 March 2018;  Published: 25 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902027


Homeopathy can be well integrated into a complementary oncology concept. However, the existing scientific evidence concerning homeopathy should be presented more transparently, and improved by performing randomized placebo-controlled studies with sufficient patient numbers. An ongoing multicenter study at four hospitals in Austria, consisting [...]
Open Access Case Report

Unexpected Long Survival of a Patient with Polycythemia Vera

Received: 16 January 2019;  Published: 16 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1902023


This case reports of a 71-year-old patient with polycythemia vera (PCV). The homeopathic treatment began 15 years after the diagnosis at the age of 51. The frequency of phlebotomies could be lowered significantly after the start of the homeopathic treatment, the patient survived another 16 years without chemotherapy, which he had rejected [...]
Open Access Opinion

Pain in Oncology, Reality and Paradox of Homeopathic Care

Received: 31 May 2018;  Published: 15 September 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1803019


Background: After fatigue, pain is one of the major complaints from cancer patients. Regular use of Class 1 analgesics may cause side effects and is not always sufficient to relieve pain. Homeopathy is the complementary and integrative medicine most frequently used in France in supportive care in oncology (SCO). What is its place in the treatm [...]
Open Access Original Research

Homeopathy and Complementary Integrative Medicine, Dietary and Lifestyle Advices to Reduce Adverse-Effects of Anti-Cancer Therapy: A Cohort Study with Breast Cancer Patients

Received: 28 March 2018;  Published: 03 September 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1803017


Background. To face adverse-effects of anti-cancer treatment, the Homeopathic Clinic of Lucca, in collaboration with the Oncology Department, has set up an Integrative Oncology Outpatient Unit in the Public Hospital Campo di Marte, Aim. To present the results of complementary medicine (CM) treatment targeted towards reducing the adverse [...]
Open Access Original Research

Homeopathy and Cancer – Some Conceptual Issues

Received: 06 June 2018;  Published: 23 August 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1803016


This paper explores some of the conceptual issues that bedevil any attempt to compare home-opathy with the mainstream medical system, both in terms of their underpinning philosophies and in their treatment methods, and especially when applied to the problem of cancer. A review is undertaken of the key concepts that underpin both medical approa [...]
Open Access Editorial

Application of Additive Homeopathy in Cancer Patients

Received: 07 April 2018;  Published: 20 April 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1802004


Oncologic patients are often suffering from side effects of conventional therapy such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. In order to support those patients, additive complementary medicine, such as homeopathy might be helpful. Several case reports as well as studies report beneficial effects of homeopathy in cancer patients. Furthermor [...]