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
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  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
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  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
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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.

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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

Photobiomodulation Therapy

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Jih-Huah Wu, PhD

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ming Chuan University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, ROC

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Research Interests: electro-optics system design; laser acupuncture; biomedical system design

About This Topic

Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) is regarded as an alternative or complementary medicine in the current therapy. As we know, medicine may cause side effects which can lead to several serious symptoms then result in severe new diseases. This vicious circle can worsen human healthcare. PBMT has been proved a safe and easy-to-use therapy. If we use PBMT to treat diseases or symptoms frequently, the usage of conventional medicine can be reduced.

Fascia diseases are very prevalent in modern world, especial for athlete. The other people also suffer from the pain caused by fascia diseases, especially fascia adhesion. A lot of medications are used to treat pain, but they cannot solve the fascia problems, sometimes, they cause various adverse effects. The combination of PBMT and other Complementary therapy to treat fascia problems are very welcome. Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the meridians adjustment and keeping them in balance situation is important in healthcare. The fascia problems also affect the balance of the meridians in our body. The research about them are also welcome.

The neurobiological diseases, like as the imbalance of autonomic nerve system (ANS) can cause sleep problems and cause pain worse, sometimes cause accident. Pain and sleep problems are prevalent too, part of them are caused by neuro-problems. The medicines used to treat neurobiological diseases, such as pain and sleep problems can cause very serious side effects after a long term use. PBMT is a good method to reduce pain, and sometimes can eliminate the cause of pain. The applications of PBMT in neuroscience and ANS adjustment are getting important too. Given these problems, not only basic studies of PBMT targeting neuroscience to prevent and treat the symptoms of neurological problems but also development of novel therapies that are used to treat neuro-problems, is highly demanded.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the latest research that use PBMT to treat any kind diseases. And it is urgent to develop PBMT applications in current therapy. Any kind of diseases treated with PBMT are welcome.

Therefore, we kindly invite researchers to contribute original research, short communication, case report and review articles investigating in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies based on PBM or PBMT.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

● Fascia diseases treated with PBMT
● Pain treated with PBMT
● The relationships of fascia problem and meridians (TCM)
● Keeping the meridians in balance situation with PBMT
● Chronic diseases treated with PBMT
● PBMT for improving sports performance in athletes
● PBMT for autonomic nerve system adjustment and sleep problems
● PBMT for brain wave activation (included theory/experiment/application)

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 Case Report

Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is Feasible and Acceptable in Pre-conditioning and Post-operative Recovery of Patients after Total Knee arthroplasty (TKA): A Clinical Case Series

Received: 03 February 2022;  Published: 21 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201012


Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) for minimal to moderate Kellgren and Lawrence grade knee osteoarthritis has significant evidence for effectiveness. The effect of PBMT in severe grades of osteoarthritis is less clear; and no studies have investigated the effect of PBMT before and after knee replacement surgery. This small study (n=4) aimed [...]
Open Access Case Report

Photobiomodulation for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Case Report and Literature Summary

Received: 29 September 2021;  Published: 17 December 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104055


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a highly debilitating chronic pain condition characterized by continuous regional pain disproportionate to duration and intensity of the initial damaging stimulus. In CRPS, abnormal perception, transmission, and modulation of pain by nerve cells and the [...]
Open Access Original Research

Transcatheter Intracerebral Laser Photobiomodulation Therapy for Treatment of the Consequences of Ischemic Stroke with Distal Atherosclerotic Lesion

Received: 24 July 2021;  Published: 21 October 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104036


The present research is dedicated to the application of intracerebral laser PBMT for the treatment of the consequences of ischemic stroke. The effectiveness of intracerebral laser PBMT is compared to that of the conventional therapy methods. Recent studies have demonstrated a high potential of laser technol [...]
Open Access Original Research

Homeopathy and Photobiomodulation for Healing Diabetic Wounds in vitro

Received: 12 April 2021;  Published: 19 August 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103024


Photobiomodulation (PBM), as well as plant extracts of Calendula officinalis (Calen), Hypericum perforatum (Hyper), and Echinacea purpurea (Echi-p), have been used to accelerate wound healing. However, the use of homeopathic preparations of these medicinal plants, in [...]