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.

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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

Energy Psychology and the Future of Medicine

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Dawson Church, PhD

1. National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, Fulton, CA, United States.
2. CEO, Energy Psychology Group, Inc, United States.

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Research interests: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); psychology; spirituality; energy psychology

About This Topic

Energy Psychology (EP) emerged as a distinct field in the late 1980s. Clinical observations showed that supplementing established psychological techniques — such as exposure and cognitive processing — with physiological interventions — such as acupressure, diaphragmatic breathing, and eye movements — enhanced therapeutic outcomes. A decade later, led by EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), early research had been published in the scientific literature. By 2021, more than 400 papers had been published in peer-reviewed journals, including meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and other outcome studies demonstrating their efficacy with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other conditions, often at an order of magnitude greater than conventional therapies.

Studies of the epigenetic, neurological, and endocrinal mechanisms involved in EP approaches such as EMDR and Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) complemented the clinical trials. EP modalities have been recognized as effective treatments by various official bodies, including the US Veterans Administration, the US National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, and the World Health Organization. As somatic therapies whose speed and reach distinguish them from conventional treatments, the momentum of EP research and the adoption of these therapies in primary care makes a Special Issue on this topic timely.

The scope of this Special Issue includes four objectives: (1) To review past research and the lessons it offers for health care settings; (2) To highlight current clinical trials that increase understanding of either approach, (3) To project the future trajectory of research and implementation, and (4) To chart the contribution that the widespread adoption of these approaches by the healing professions might make to special populations and to society as a whole.

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.

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Publication

Open Access Research Article

Integrating the Complementary Therapies of Energy Psychology and Dreamwork – the Dream to Freedom Method

Received: 25 January 2022;  Published: 05 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203024

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the integration of dreamwork and Energy Psychology (EP) can enhance outcomes in the treatment of a range of psychological disorders. The therapeutic process often begins with a peeling away of emotional layers until underlying issues surface. When utilizing dreamwork, however, it is possible [...]
Open Access Concept Paper

The Energy of Energy Psychology

Received: 27 January 2022;  Published: 01 April 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2202015

Abstract

The vague or controversial use of the term energy in the clinical subdiscipline known as “energy psychology” has been an obstacle to the field’s acceptance. This paper discusses five forms of energy and explores the role of each in energy psychology treatments. While patterns in (a) electrical signaling [...]
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