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

Advantages of Traditional Healing and Use of Plant Medicines

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

Guest Editor

James D. Adams, Professor Emeritus

Benicia, CA, USA

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Research interests: apoptosis; delayed cell death; herbal drugs; nicotinamide; Parkinson's disease; ruptured berry aneurysm; smart drugs; stroke; toxicity testing.

About This Topic

Traditional healing has been used ever since our species came into existence.  We are alive today because traditional medicine works and kept our ancestors healthy.  Traditional healing teaches us to live in balance in order to prevent illness.  Psychological and spiritual wellness are involved in living in balance.   Daily exercise is essential to living in balance since muscles secrete pharmacologically active compounds that are essential for brain, kidney, bone and other organ health.  Plants are essential foods that supply nutrition to our bodies.  Plants are also medicines.  Teas and foods have always been used as medicines.  Eating a balanced diet keeps the intestines healthy which allows for normal absorption of nutrients and phytochemicals.  The intestines are where many immune cells mature which makes the intestines essential to immune health.  A balanced diet with adequate daily fruits and vegetables keeps the brain, muscles, heart, intestines, bones and other organs healthy.  Plant medicines have always been used by our species.  Elderberry, yarrow, mugwort, chamomile and stinging nettles are found all over the world, because humans took them out of Africa to use as medicines 75,000 years ago.  Liniments are powerful medicines for pain, chronic pain and skin conditions.  These medicines are still available today and are used daily by millions of people. 


balance; exercise; spiritual health; psychological health; diet; plant medicines; liniments.

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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Open Access Review

The Beneficial and Adverse Effects of Phytoestrogens

Received: 19 May 2022;  Published: 08 August 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203034


The most well-known phytoestrogens (flavonoids, isoflavonoids, lignans, coumestans, stilbenes, and prenylflavonoids) are isoflavonoids, which are important active ingredients in medicinal and food plants. They are highly abundant in the Fabaceae family. More than 1,000 types of isoflavonoids have been isolated from nearly 300 kinds [...]
Open Access Original Research

Co-administration of Zingiber officinale Extract and Sodium Valproate Ameliorates Seizure Severity, Cognitive Deficit, and Neuronal Cell Loss in Pentylenetetrazole-kindled Mice

Received: 25 February 2022;  Published: 31 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201013


Preparations of Zingiber officinale are used in Nigerian folk medicine to manage colds, pain, arthritis, nausea, and epilepsy. The ameliorative effects of co [...]