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

The journal 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.

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

Yoga Therapy and Its Role as a Complementary Healing Modality

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

Guest Editor

Vidhi Sadana, Yoga Therapist (Biography)

Rheumatology Unit, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK.  

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Research interests: yoga, yoga therapy, behavioural interventions, recovery, mental health

About the topic:

Yoga Therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the yoga therapist, implements a personalised and evolving yoga practice, a unique practice that includes an appropriate selection of tools from among the wide range of possibilities Yoga has to offer.

A wide range of conditions can be alleviated or managed through Individualised Yoga therapy. Yoga therapy not only addresses illnesses with a multi-dimensional approach - physical, energetic, mental, behavioural, and emotional-, but also aims to alleviate suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending on the nature of the illness, Yoga Therapy can be preventative, curative, or a means to manage illness, or it can facilitate healing in the person at all levels. It is a non-invasive and holistic approach to healing that includes a wide range of Yoga therapy tools including postures, breath regulation, meditation, dietary recommendations, lifestyle suggestions, chanting, visualisations / affirmations, special energetic seals, symbolic gestures and guided self-inquiry. Yoga therapy practices are tailor-made to suit the needs and capacities of each student and honour not only the conditions they suffer from, but also their own experience of their illnesses and in their unique context of life.

High quality research is needed to create an evidence-base for yoga therapy’s integration as a complementary healing modality and to inform practices and policies that will support an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and behavioural health. Potential topics include but not limited to-

  • Feasibility studies aimed to prevent and manage long-term conditions and mood-disorders.
  • Secondary data analyses of multi-level factors associated with chronic and mood-disorders.
  • Mixed method studies that investigates the potential role of yoga therapy in managing symptoms of long-covid.
  • Efficacy and effectiveness studies that focus on role of yoga therapy in managing medically unexplained symptoms such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
  • Mechanistic studies to guide future basic and clinical research, targeting use of yoga therapy in treatment of stress-mediated psychological disorders.

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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