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. 

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Free Publication in 2019

Open Access Original Research

Social Engagement and Task Complexity: Physical Activity Characteristics and Executive Function Among Older Adults

Lyndsie Koon, Robert Brustad, Megan Babkes Stellino
Received: May 15, 2019; Published: November 27, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904064

Abstract: Physical activity participation has been found to have a positive impact on cognitive function across a lifespan. For older adults, qualitative variables with the physical activity context may influence cognition than quantitative variables (e.g., intensity, duration). The purpose of this study was [...]

Open Access Editorial

Highlights of Application of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients: An Interview with Prof. Michael Frass

Michael Frass
Received: November 14, 2019; Published: November 14, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904063

Abstract: Highlights of Application of Homeopathy in Oncology Patients: An Interview with Prof. Michael Frass

Open Access Review

Exploring the Rationale for the Use of the Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Aaron Tabor, Jo Ann LeQuang, Michael Annabi, Hani Annabi
Received: June 05, 2019; Published: November 05, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904062

Abstract: (1) Background: The ketogenic diet (KD) was developed in the 1920s as a treatment for pediatric epilepsy and is emerging as a possible treatment option for certain mental health disorders. There is a link between certain mental health disorders and epilepsy, suggesting some commonality among underl [...]

Open Access Research Article

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Acupuncture, Plum Blossom, and Auriculotherapy in Treating Pain and Hot Flashes in Breast cancer Patients: An Observational Retrospective Study

Sonia Baccetti, Elisabetta Barbara Cortesi, Maria Valeria Monechi, Mariella Di Stefano, Barbara Cucca, Tommaso Conti, Antonella Traversi, Filippa Terranova, Sylvie Yvonne Barberousse, Roberto Montelatici, Federica Sabatini, Catia Vuono, Christian Bini, Elio Rossi, Francesca Martella
Received: September 27, 2018; Published: October 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904061

Abstract: Background: Pain and vasomotor symptoms are common side effects in breast cancer patients. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may be an option of care for these side effects in a multidisciplinary pathway. Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate if TCM is safe and effective in hot flashes and [...]

Open Access Review

Herb-Drug Interactions in Oncology: A Clinical Up-Date

Francesco Sivelli, Elio Rossi, Sonia Baccetti, Mariella Di Stefano, Eugenia Gallo, Fabio Firenzuoli
Received: September 27, 2018; Published: October 18, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904060

Abstract: In this article we shortly inform about the most important mechanisms lying at the basis of herb-drug interactions (HDI). We summarized the best known and relevant ones emerging from clinical evidence. The last part is dedicated to cancer patients

Open Access Research Article

Does a Brief Mindfulness Training Enhance Heartfulness in Students? Results of a Pilot Study

Myriam Rudaz, Thomas Ledermann, Michael P. Twohig, Michael E. Levin
Received: May 24, 2019; Published: October 10, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904059

Abstract: (1) Background: There is robust evidence that mindfulness trainings enhance mindfulness as operationalized in Western psychology, but evidence about heartfulness is sparse. This study seeks to test whether a brief mindfulness training enhances heart qualities, including self-compassion, gratitude, a [...]

Open Access Review

The Role of Massage in Bereavement: A Scoping Review

Sarah Fogarty, Phillipa Hay
Received: August 06, 2019; Published: October 08, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904058

Abstract: Background: Death is a universal human experience. The experience of grief is unique for each person experiencing it. There is emerging research on modalities that provide support for bereaved individuals including bereavement massage. There is limited information in the literature about the speci [...]

Open Access Comment

Clinical, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Chronic Pain and Their Application in a Hypnosis Practice

Niamh Flynn
Received: July 01, 2019; Published: September 26, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903057

Abstract: Hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems (Elkins, Jensen & Patterson 2007) while neurophysiological studies have shown that specific hypnotic suggestions have clear effects on the brain and spinal cord functionin [...]

Open Access Original Research

Treatment of Chronic Post Surgical Pain Using Micro-current Point Stimulation Applied to C-Section Scars

Kelly Armstrong, Raman Gokal, Todd Todorsky
Received: March 25, 2019; Published: September 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903056

Abstract: Background: Direct Current (DC) microcurrent point stimulation (MPS) is increasingly recognized as a therapy for chronic pain and stress management. However, there remains limited evidence as to the therapeutic value in chronic of MPS chronic post surgical pain (CPSP) management related to C-Sectio [...]

Open Access Perspective

Shedding Light on a New Psychology of Movement and Exercise

Thibault Deschamps
Received: July 24, 2019; Published: September 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903055

Abstract: Let’s consider the issues of exercise and cognitive function from a different angle, by moving from sitting to standing for instance. Not only does seeing anything from different perspectives reflect our cognitive flexibility [1], it also has a direct impact on the executive performance. Interesting [...]

Open Access Original Research

Feasibility of a Functional Medicine Approach to Slowing Clinical Cognitive Decline in Patients over Age 55: A Multiple Case Study Report

Randolph James, Amy Lawson Moore, Dick M Carpenter II, Terissa Michele Miller, Christina Ledbetter
Received: April 29, 2019; Published: September 06, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903054

Abstract: (1) Background: The current study examined a multifaceted anti-neuroinflammatory intervention that included physical exercise, mental exercise, grain-free/sugar-free diet, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, sleep optimization, and stress management within the context of a functional medicine [...]

Open Access Original Research

Assessing the Pressure and Thermal Discomfort Thresholds for Designing of Therapeutic Gloves: A Pilot Study

Siti Hana Nasir, Olga Troynikov, Dawn Wong Lit Wan, Zhen Zheng

Received: February 25, 2019; Published: September 02, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903053

Abstract: Background: Pressure and thermal therapy glove are the two types of therapeutic gloves that are commonly used to relieve symptoms and improve hand function in patients with hand arthritis. However, no published clinical studies exist indicating the ideal pressure and thermal stimuli for the gloves. [...]

Open Access Review

Does a Single Bout of Aerobic Exercise Improve Set Shifting in Healthy Young Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Max Oberste, Sophia Sharma, Philipp Zimmer
Received: April 24, 2019; Published: August 28, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903052

Abstract: This systematic review investigated whether acute aerobic exercise improves following set-shifting performance in healthy young individuals using meta-analytic techniques. Moreover, it was examined if the after-effect of acute aerobic exercise on set-shifting performance in healthy young adults is m [...]

Open Access Review

A Review on Acupuncture as a Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Avneet K. Mangat, Georg M. Schmölzer
Received: June 07, 2019; Published: August 20, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903051

Abstract: The incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is increasing due to more mothers using illicit drugs. This results in an increase in costs and resources for the healthcare system. Newborns with NAS might experience withdrawal symptoms that can cause pain, distress, and may potentially increase [...]

Open Access Short Report

Walk with Me

Patricia Lynn Dobkin
Received: May 14, 2019; Published: August 07, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903050

Abstract: The author writes a genuine story using a narrative medicine writing style [1]. She relates how she applied mindfulness awareness and meditation practices to accompany her best friend, Abigail* , who struggled through stages 3 and 4 breast cancer, including its noxious treatments and upsetting side [...]

Open Access Review

A Review of Factors Affecting the Acute Exercise-Cognition Relationship in Children and Adolescents

Ryan A. Williams, Lorna Hatch, Simon B. Cooper
Received: April 29, 2019; Published: August 2, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903049

Abstract: It is well documented that an acute bout of exercise has a positive effect on subsequent cognitive function in young people. However, the moderating variables (such as the exercise intensity, duration and modality; and the domain of cognitive function assessed) and mediating variables (such as the p [...]

Open Access Comment

Compassion in a Doctor-Patient Relationship: Objectively Measuring Compassionate Behavior Using the Emotional Availability (EA) Scales

Zeynep Biringen, Anna Fuchs, Sabine C. Herpertz, Erin K. Biringen
Received: March 13, 2019; Published: July 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903048

Abstract: Most research on compassion utilizes self-report measures (Seppala, Simon-Thomas, Brown, Worline, Cameron, & Doty, in press). Indeed, when it comes to the measurement of self-compassion, the subjective report of the individual can provide an authentic window about compassion toward the self. Ho [...]

Open Access Opinion

How to Heal the Healer: Combating Burnout Using Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Michelle H. Dick, Nayla M. Khoury
Received: June 13, 2019; Published: July 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903047

Abstract: We explore how medical culture contributes to burnout. Highlighting specific programs aimed at developing compassion and mindfulness skills, we share our own perspectives and experiences implementing similarly focused programs. Promising results on the application of compassion-based programs show e [...]

Open Access Communication

Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) as a Complementary Medicine for Women to Adjust Their Autonomic Nervous Systems and Induce Specific Brain Waves - A Case Report

Jih-Huah Wu
Received: March 04, 2019; Published: July 15, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903046

Abstract: Sleep is very important to maintain the health of physiology and psychology, especially for women. Many studies proved the symptoms of sleep disturbance can cause inflammation, coagulation, insulin resistance and psychosocial distress in women than in men. A lot of medications were used to treat sle [...]

Open Access Review

Breath Practices for Survivor and Caregiver Stress, Depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Connection, Co-regulation, Compassion

Patricia L. Gerbarg, Richard P. Brown, Chris C. Streeter, Martin Katzman, Monica Vermani   
Received: April 10, 2019; Published: July 12, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903045

Abstract: Does compassion itself benefit the healing process or does the activation of neurophysiological processes, from which the experience of compassion arises, trigger a cascade of physical and psychological changes that support health and well-being? Exploration of the neurological substrates of compass [...]

Open Access Commentary

Compassion in Medical Practice

Christopher Lam
Received: April 25, 2019; Published: July 08, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903044

Abstract: Compassion and kindness can be cultivated and enhanced. Over the years in medical practice I have witnessed many healthcare workers, after having worked with kind and caring practitioners, become progressively more humane. Those of us who are teachers need to be mindful of that. In educating new [...]

Open Access Review

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Usage in Breast Cancer

Birthe Osorio, Karsten Münstedt
Received: February 27, 2019; Published: July 05, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903043

Abstract: (1) Background: Especially women with breast cancer look for offers from complementary and alternative medicine for various reasons. Unfortunately, the value of most offer has to be considered unclear. (2) Methods: This review was to identify reasonable strategies for patients with breast cancer bas [...]

Open Access Original Research

Effect of Acute Moderate-Intensity Exercise on Autobiographical Episodic Memory and Semantic Memory

Sierra Day, Paul D. Loprinzi
Received: April 27, 2019; Published: July 04, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903042

Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of acute moderate-intensity exercise on autobiographical episodic memory and semantic memory. A two-arm, parallel-group randomized controlled intervention was employed. The experimental group engaged in an acute bout of treadmill exercise for 1 [...]

Open Access Original Research

Assessing the Impact of a Game-Centered Mobile App on Community-Dwelling Older Adults’ Health Activation

K. Jason Crandall , Matthew Shake, Uta Ziegler
Received: April 11, 2019; Published: July 04, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1903041

Abstract: Background: Older adults’ experience normative age-graded declines in physical and cognitive performance and many must manage one or more chronic conditions. Exercise programs can help to improve both their physical health and their knowledge, skill, and confidence in managing aspects of their own h [...]

Open Access Case Report

Case Series of Multiple Health Benefits in Those Undertaking Extended Qigong Practice as a Complementary Self-care Practice in an Outpatient Pain Clinic

Lauren Curry, Meghan Pike, Mary Lynch, Dana Marcon, Jana Sawynok
Received: April 01, 2019; Published: June 28, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902040

Abstract: Background: Qigong, traditional Chinese mind-body practices, is currently receiving increasing attention with exploration of what it is and what it does. Common elements include postures and movement, attention to breathing, and mental instructions. There is a growing literature on the health benefi [...]

18th International Isla Conference on Medical Laser Applications

November 28th- 30th, 2019
Bangkok, Thailand

In the last years, a lot of research has been performed in the field of medical laser therapy. The overall results show that medical laser therapy’s potential is even higher than expected. Up to now, already thousands of practitioners worldwide are using external, interstitial and intravenous laser therapy for the benefit of their patients.

All the data is collected and presented at the annual ISLA conferences.

Current focus of research:

1. Photodynamic Tumortherapy

2. Anti-microbial photodynamic Therapy (Malaria and Tuberculosis)

3. Interstitial and intra-articular Lasertherapy (Arthrosis knee joint)

4. Transcranial Lasertherapy (Strokes)

For more details, please visit:

https://www.isla-laser.org/en/isla-congress-2019/

WFAS 2019 International Symposium on Acupuncture – Moxibution

November 14 - 17, 2019
Turkey

WFAS 2019 International Symposium on Acupuncture – Moxibution to be held on November 14 – 17, 2019 at the Kaya Palazzo Belek Hotel & Convention Center in Antalya – Turkey. The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘International Consensus on Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine’.

The symposium aims to bring together the health professionals from around the world working on acupuncture and complementary medicine to share their knowledge, skills and practices; to learn new techniques and complementary applications and to get take-home messages and practices for their daily workflow.

The scientific program will include plenary sessions, keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, practical applications on the clinical practices of acupuncture, moxibustion and complementary medicine in order for the participants to improve the quality and success of their daily practice. We are confident that this will be a very good opportunity for you to update the relevant data and their clinical applications and interactive moments will clarify the uncertainties.

We aim to create an environment that generates a great deal of dialogue among participants and the experts, leading to idea exchange and discussions, collaborations and most importantly friendship.
We would be delighted to welcome you in a socially enjoyable, scientifically rich, comfortable and warm environment. We want to feel completely at home, in Antalya, and in Turkey. Your participation and your contribution will be our strength.

MAIN TOPICS

  • Scientific Studies about Acupuncture
  • Cardiology
  • Cosmetics
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Internal Medicine (Endocrinology, Nephrology, Hepatology, Hematology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Immunology)
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Opthalmology
  • Orthopedics and Rheumatology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Urology

DISCIPLINES

  1. ACUPUNCTURE
  2. OTHER DISCIPLINES (TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE)
    • Apitherapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Cupping Therapy
    • Hirudotherapy
    • Homeopathy
    • Hypnosis
    • Maggot Therapy
    • Mesotherapy
    • Musicotherapy
    • Osteopathy
    • Ozone Therapy
    • Phytotherapy
    • Prolotherapy
    • Reflexology

For more details, please visit:

https://www.wfasturkey2019.com/en/

Forum Neural Therapy International 2019

October 4th - 6th, 2019, Vienna, Austria

Next International Forum Neural Therapy that will take place in Vienna from October 4th to 6th 2019. Traditionally this is a high quality scientific symposium not only on Neural Therapy, but also addressing issues of broad interest in complementary medicine. It will certainly catch your attention. A choice of very specific topics and a wide range of workshops compose a colorful scientific program and provide hands- on experiences.
We hope to open a lively panel discussion concerning neural therapeutic techniques: A lecture on “The respective benefits and disadvantages of deep and superficial injection techniques” should lead to a professional debate about efficiency and safety of Neural Therapy.
Topics:
Neural Therapy
NT and Acupuncture
Neuromodular trigger (Interference fields)
Matrix
NT and Lasertherapy
NT and Orthomolecular Medicine
Mesotherapy
NT and Manuel Medicine
NT and Gynaecology
PRP – additional therapeutic possibilities
Nutritional supplements

For more details, please visit: http://forum-ntaustria.at/

17th International Isla Conference on Medical Laser Applications

June 27-29, 2019, Germany
  • 18 high-profile lectures and presentations from the areas:

• Medical Laser Therapy
• PRP and Laser
• Pain Therapy
• Transcranial Laser Therapy
• Regenerative Medicine
• Photodynamic Tumor Therapy
• Laserneedle Acupuncture
• Sonodynamic Tumor Therapy
• Intravenous Laser Therapy
• Stem Cells and Laser
• Interstitial and Intra-articular Laser Therapy
• Immunotherapy

  • Speakers and participants from over 25 countries
  • Numerous workshops, live demonstrations and panel discussions
  • Selected exhibitors
  • Attractive supporting program

For more details, please visit: https://www.isla-laser.org/en/isla-congress-2019/

5th National Ear Acupuncture and Naturopathy Integrative Conference with International Participation

April 6-7, 2019. Budapest, Hungary

Ear acupuncture - both in research and in clinical practice – is gaining increasing emphasis worldwide. In 2013, we have launched the tradition of creating a platform -  by raising this profession higher level  -  for professional  workers to  on the one hand  to be informed of the results of quality, evidence -based research,  and on the other hand to learn of inspiring case studies, which they may  integrate in their daily practice to improve people's quality of life.
We cordially welcome our guests to the exhibition stalls to ensure the effectiveness of their work with new tools and information.

Featured Topics

  • New Paradigm in International Ear Acupuncture
  • The complementary and integrative application of Western and Easter medicine in acupuncture and other holistic medical procedures
  • The importance of exact localization of ear acupuncture points
  • Placebo – as the healer’s attitude, which is an important part of the healing process
  • The efficacy of soft laser in ear acupuncture therapy
  • Yoga, Qigong, Tai-chi, meditation, etc..

For more details, please visit: http://www.earacucongress.com/en/

4th Asian ISLA Conference for Medical Laser Applications and Regenerative Medicine

Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to the 4th Asian Conference for Medical Laser Applications and Regenerative Medicine presented by the International Society for Medial Laser Applications (ISLA). This conference aims at bringing together physicians of various specialties sharing a common interest in advancing Laser Therapy for the patients‘  benefit. This meeting is an excellent chance to get into contact with the leading experts from both fields and to meet old and hopefully new collaborators and friends.
Topics: 
Basic Mechanisms of Low-Level Lasers and Latest Research
Pain Management
Regenerative Medicine (PRP, Stem Cells, Injectables)
Anti-Microbial Therapies (Malaria, Hepatitis B/C, Lyme Disease)
Revolutionary Cancer Diagnostics
Photodynamic and Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy
Topical, Intravenous and Interstitital/Intra-articular Laser Applications
Laser Acupuncture
For more details, please visit:
http://www.isla-laser.org/en/events/ 

High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine-2017

September 25-27, 2017, Xi’an, China

The Annual World Congress of High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (HTA&IM), initiated from 2014, had been successfully organized in Hangzhou and twice in Nanjing, and attracted more than 700 participants from 50 countries. HTA&IM congresses contribute to offering professionals in the field of high-tech acupuncture a multidisciplinary informative cooperative platform, and it has been the most definite and grand High-Tech Acupuncture event in Asia. The HTA&IM2017, with the theme of “Exploring Different Kinds of Modern Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine” will be held during September 25-27, 2017 in Xi’an, China.

To read the welcome letter from the Chair and more information, please visit: http://www.bitcongress.com/
HTA&IM2017/
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The 9th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy

August 10-12, 2017, Singapore

Welcome to the 9th International Auriculotherapy Symposium to be held August 10-12, 2017 in Singapore. At the 8th Symposium at John Hopkins University, Montgomery Campus, Maryland in May 2014, Singapore was chosen as the next symposium destination as it is a truly modern green city and gateway to South East Asia and the Asia Pacific nations. The symposium will suit both the novice and advanced clinician with the length and breadth of knowledge to be presented. We invite you to contribute to the evidence base for auriculotherapy in 2017. There will be awards for the best research project and best poster presentation. In 2017, lifetime achievement awards will also be presented. Sponsors are very welcome to support one/several of the speakers, contribute towards the awards and the gala dinner.

For more details, please visit: http://www.auriculotherapysymposium.com/.

Phytopharm 2017

July 2-5, 2017, Graz, Austria

Welcome to the XXIst International Congress "Phytopharm 2017" in conjunction with 10th Anniversary of the TCM Research Center Graz to be held on July 2-5, 2017, Graz, Austria. More details are provided at: http://www.doclinika.ru/phyto2017.html.

High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine-2016

November 16–19, 2016, Nanjing, China

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of China Pharmaceutical University, the 3rd High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Congress (HTA&IM-2016) will be held during November 16-19, 2016, at Nanjing, China. With 7 Supporting Concurrent Conferences in Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Delivery, Cancer Immunotherapy, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis, Microbes, and Modern Chinese Medicine, as well as Variety Social Events, the conferences will attract 4000+ Participants from 80+ Countries with 500+ Poster and Exhibition Presentations to join in the grand festival!

HTA&IM-2016 as one Concurrent Conference of the Celebration Event will organize 12+ Parallel Sessions as well as Keynote Forum, and will approach 100+ Oral Presentations and 300+ Participants. You can enjoy other 8 concurrent conferences Free with Only One Registration Pass of HTA&IM!

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine welcomes the following types of articles: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers, color figures, supplementary file types. More details please see Instructions for Authors.

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