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. 

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Free Publication in 2019
Current Issue: 2019  Archive: 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions

Submission Deadline: September 10, 2018(Closed)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

James D. Adams, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
E-mails: jadams@usc.edu
Website: https://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/faculty/profile/?id=372
Research Interests: California Indian healing; traditional healing; medicinal plants; phytochemistry; pharmacology; pain; stroke

About This Topic

The peripheral and central nervous systems are involved in many diseases, such as pain, hypertension, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. Standard medicine does not adequately treat many of these conditions. Traditional medicine can offer complementary and alternative treatments that may be helpful.

Pain is usually treated with dangerous oral medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids. These drugs have major adverse reactions and kill many patients. Acupuncture and other skin centered therapies are more effective at treating pain, with fewer adverse reactions.

Hypertension is, in part, caused by excessive sympathetic activity that can be blocked with sympathetic antagonists. These drugs all have major adverse reactions and do not cure hypertension. Patients must stay on these drugs for the rest of their lives, like an addiction. The chances of patients suffering drug toxicity is probably 100% over their lifetimes. Traditional medicine offers the concept of balance that can help prevent and cure hypertension through avoiding toxic lifestyles.

Stroke results in paralysis of the limbs in many patients. Standard medicine is inadequate at helping with stroke recovery and paralysis. Traditional medicine offers medicines and physical therapy techniques that can greatly aid stroke patients. This issue will help expose the standard healthcare community to traditional medicines that can be helpful in treating nervous system conditions. Patient centered healthcare should emphasize prevention through avoiding toxic lifestyles and avoiding the use of standard drugs as much as possible.

Publication

Open Access Editorial

Highlights of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions: An Interview with Dr. James David Adams, Jr.

James David Adams, Jr.
Received: May 17, 2019; Published: May 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902032

Open Access Editorial

The Treatment of the Nervous System with Complementary and Alternative Medicine

James David Adams
Received: February 25, 2019; Published: February 27, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901014

Open Access Case Report

Chronic Pain after Reported Whiplash Injury – A Patient Case Report

Gunnel Berry
Received: April 13, 2018; Published: February 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901012

Open Access Review

Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Kratom: Succinct Introduction to the Basics and the Questions

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Robert Taylor, Robert B. Raffa, Jo Anne LeQuang
Received: July 27, 2018; Published: December 28, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804038

Open Access Case Report

Chronic Pain Two Cures

James David Adams, Jr
Received: January 14, 2018; Published: December 20, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804035

Open Access Original Research

Complementary and alternative treatment of MS – A study of three cases

Katarina Mark, Maria Arman
Received: June 9, 2018; Published: November 27, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804031

Open Access Review

What is the Current Evidence to Support the Use of Herbs and Supplements to Treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders?

Megan Berberich, Bettina Bernstein
Received: March 10, 2018; Published: November 13, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804030

Open Access Communication

Auricular Interventions in Neurology: the Vascular Autonomic Signal Challenge

Im Quah-Smith
Received: May 9, 2018; Published: June 26, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802012

Open Access Original Research

A Multi-modal Intervention after Stroke: The Caregiver Experience

Katie M. Hinsey, Karen E. Atler, Christine A. Fruhauf, Ruby A. Boster, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Arlene A. Schmid
Received: March 7, 2018; Published: June 8, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802010

Open Access Review

Healthcare Clowning: Use of Specific Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Hospitalized Children

Alberto Dionigi
Received: February 16, 2018; Published: June 1, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802009

Open Access Review

How Can Acupuncture Be Used in Treating Dementia?

Fung Kei Cheng
Received: March 2, 2018; Published: April 23, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802005

Open Access Case Report

Miraculous Healings of Chronic Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia and Sarcoidosis without the Use of Pharmaceuticals or Antibiotics

Richard Sarnat, MD
Received: March 9, 2018; Published: April 12, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802003

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