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. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 11.7 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 6.8 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Evidence-based Practice in Complementary Medicine

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Sok Cheon Pak, PhD

School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, BATHURST NSW 2795, Australia

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Research interests: Honeybee venom; Evidence-based practice; Signaling pathway; Integrative therapeutics

Soo Liang Ooi

School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, BATHURST NSW 2795, Australia

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Research interests: Complementary therapies; Nutrition; Naturopathy; Microbiome

About This Topic

Complementary medicine (CM), as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), refers to a broad set of health care practices that are not part of a country’s conventional medicine and are not fully integrated into the dominant healthcare system. Examples of CM may include but not limited to herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, and forms of treatment such as massage, energy healing, and body-mind intervention. Some CM practice, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, has a long history of use with established theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to a specific culture. Hence, the term CM is also used interchangeably with traditional medicine in some countries. Growingly, CM is recognized as an underestimated health resource, especially in preventing and managing lifestyle-related chronic diseases and meeting the health needs of aging populations. However, unlike the mainstream conventional healthcare that emphasizes the conscientious, judicious and reasonable use of best available scientific evidence for patient care, many forms of CM are criticized for the lack of scientific or medical evidence for their applications and health claims. Some may also cause unsafe or harmful side effects which are not known. Consequently, WHO has advocated the rational use of CM by promoting its evidence-based practice. To this end, there is now a global trend to develop the research expertise in CM and strengthen the evidence base for policy and decision making. This special issue provides an open forum for researchers to share their research findings in any aspect of CM. Results from human clinical trials are particularly welcome. We also encourage clinicians and health practitioners to share their use of evidence in CM practice or its lack. The paradigm, framework, or experience of integrating CM into conventional healthcare practice based on evidence is also a topic of interest. Contributions can be in any form, including letters to the editor, original research, case reports, and reviews.