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)

Special Issue

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Breast Cancer

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Dr. Reginald Halaby

Department of Biology, Montclair State University Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ USA

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Research Interests: Cancer biology; apoptosis; lysosomal-mediated cell death; triptolide; breast cancer

About This Topic

Breast cancer is a global affliction killing men, women, transgendered, teens through the elderly, and people from every racial and ethnic background. Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in women globally and causes the greatest amount of cancer deaths in women worldwide. Clearly, novel approaches and treatments are warranted to combat this malignancy.
Complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) are thought to have a range of benefits for people with breast cancer. They can give patients comfort and help them feel more relaxed when coming to terms with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer and its treatment. Some people believe they help with the side effects of breast cancer and treatment.
CAT is becoming increasingly popular among cancer patients, in particular those with breast cancer. It represents one of the fastest growing treatment modalities in the United States. Therefore, knowledge of CAT is becoming necessary. CAT encompasses a wide range of modalities. Potential topics for consideration in this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following: spiritual practice, relaxation, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, hypnosis, vitamins and nutritional supplements, herbs, Cannabinoids, diet, photodynamic immunotherapy, homeopathic remedies, and medical imaging.
We sincerely invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles for this special issue, and we hope it will advance the research of breast cancer.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (icm@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

Welcome your submission!


Open Access Short Report

Walk with Me

Received: 14 May 2019;  Published: 07 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903050


The author writes a genuine story using a narrative medicine writing style [1]. She relates how she applied mindfulness awareness and meditation practices to accompany her best friend, Abigail* , who struggled through stages 3 and 4 breast cancer, including its noxious treatments and upsetting side effects. Clinical practice can be enhanced [...]
Open Access Review

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Usage in Breast Cancer

Received: 27 February 2019;  Published: 05 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903043


(1) Background: Especially women with breast cancer look for offers from complementary and alternative medicine for various reasons. Unfortunately, the value of most offer has to be considered unclear. (2) Methods: This review was to identify reasonable strategies for patients with breast cancer based on current literature. (3) Results: The [...]