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).

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Artificial Intelligence and Robotic in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2020 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editors

Kun-Chan Lan, PhD
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 704, Taiwan
E-mail: klan@csie.ncku.edu.tw
Website: http://www.csie.ncku.edu.tw/ncku_csie/depmember/teacherdetail/id/27?lang=en
Research Interests: Computerization of traditional Chinese medicine (automatic diagnosis, painless acupuncture, intelligent prescription system); realistic Network Simulation, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Sensor Network, and Health Informatics

Gerhard Litscher, MSc, PhD, MDsc
Professor and Head of the Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, of the Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and of the TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 39, 8036 Graz, Austria
E-mail: gerhard.litscher@medunigraz.at
Website: https://forschung.medunigraz.at/fodok/suchen.person_uebersicht?sprache_in=en&menue_id_in=101&id_in=90698420
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering; neuromonitoring in anesthesia and intensive care medicine; high-tech acupuncture; laser medicine; complementary and integrative medicine; evidence-based complementary medicine

About This Topic

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a new technical science that studies and develops theories, methods, techniques, and application systems for simulating and extending human intelligence. At present, AI programs have been developed and applied to practices such as diagnosis processes, treatment protocol development, drug development, personalized medicine, and patient monitoring and care. In recent years, AI is revolutionizing healthcare, and various specialties in medicine have shown an increase in research regarding AI.
Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering, computer science, and others. Medical robots of various types may revolutionize medicine and human health.
With the increasingly prominent role of AI technology in the field of life sciences, the Complementary and Integrative Medicine has ushered in new development opportunities. There is no doubt that AI will enhance the cooperation between humans and machines in years to come and will play an integral role in promoting integrated medical development and the improvement of the quality of life.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.lidsen.com/account-login by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. Guidelines for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available on the Instructions for Authors page. Integrative and Complementary Medicine OBM is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by LIDSEN. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.
We sincerely invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles for this special issue, and we hope it will advance the research of Artificial Intelligence in Complementary and Integrative Medicine.


Artificial intelligence; Robotic; CAM; health care; quality of life