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.

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Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Hypnosis: from Neural Mechanisms to Clinical Practice

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2019 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Giuseppe De Benedittis, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and former Director of the Interdepartmental Pain Center, University of Milan, Italy
Vice-President of the Italian Society of Hypnosis
Member of the Board of the International Society of Hypnosis

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Research Interests: Neurophysiology of pain; Hypnotic analgesia; Psychodynamics of chronic pain

About This Topic

As an area of scientifìc inquiry and clinical practice, hypnosis dates back over 240 years, remaining a fascinating and elusive concept for science for a long time. However, the explosive advances in neuroscience in the last few decades have provided a ‘bridge of understanding’ between neural mechanisms and clinical practice. Nowadays, hypnosis is increasingly being recognized by the international scientific community not only as an effective technique for clinical applications (e.g., pain, a wide variety of psychological and psychosomatic disorders) but also as a valid and flexible physiological tool to explore the central and peripheral nervous system. This seems to be a real Copernican revolution in the field.

The future of hypnosis depends greatly on the capacity of hypnosis researchers to integrate hypnosis research into knowledge bases of research in broader areas. This goal can be achieved by capitalizing the potential of hypnosis to extend major socio-cognitive psychology, the neural basis of consciousness, and applications in medicine, psychology and psychiatry.


Open Access Review

Hypnosis for Resilience

Enrico Facco
Received: February 04, 2020; Published: July 08, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2003032

Open Access Original Research

Hypnotic Responsiveness and Dissociation: A Multi-Variable Analysis

Joseph P. Green , Steven Jay Lynn, Olivia J. Green, Victoria R. Bradford, Rouhangiz Rasekhy
Received: February 18, 2020; Published: May 11, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002029

Open Access Review

Recent Insight on How the Neuroscientific Approach Helps Clinicians

Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, Anne-Sophie Nyssen, Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville
Received: February 14, 2020; Published: May 09, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002028

Open Access Project Report

Feeling Safe during Intensive Care: Protocol of a Pilot Study on Therapeutic Suggestions of Safety under Hypnosis in Patients with Non-Invasive Ventilation

Barbara Schmidt, Teresa Deffner, Jenny Rosendahl
Received: December 11, 2019; Published: April 28, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002025

Open Access Review

Neural Mechanisms of Hypnotic Analgesia

Giuseppe De Benedittis
Received: February 18, 2020; Published: April 24, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002023

Open Access Original Research

States of Consciousness, the qEEG, and Noetic Snapshots of the Brain/Mind Interface: A Case Study of Hypnosis and Sidhi Meditation

Ronald J. Pekala, Kevin Creegan
Received: January 20, 2020; Published: April 13, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002019

Open Access Research Article

Electrodermal Correlates of Hypnosis: Current Developments

Krisztian Kasos, Luca Csirmaz, Fanni Vikor, Szabolcs Zimonyi, Katalin Varga, Anna Szekely
Received: February 07, 2020; Published: April 01, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002017

Open Access Original Research

Sociodemographic Variables and History of Trauma and Disease Influence Consciousness after Hypnotic Induction

Antonella Ciaramella, MD
Received: January 01, 2020; Published: March 17, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001014

Open Access Review

The Importance of Rapport in Hypnotic Clinical Practice

Consuelo C. Casula
Received: January 18, 2020; Published: February 27, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001010

Open Access Review

Paradigms in Integrative Medicine and the Place of Clinical Hypnosis

Donald Moss
Received: January 20, 2020; Published: February 19, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001007

Open Access Review

Hypnosis for Clinical Pain Management: A Scoping Review of Systematic Reviews

Anupa Pathak, Saurab Sharma, Mark P. Jensen
Received: December 30, 2019; Published: February 5, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001005

Open Access Original Research

Imagined and Actual Movements with and without Suggestions for anesthesia in Subjects with Different Hypnotizability

Simona Ruggirello, Enrica L. Santarcangelo, Laura Sebastiani
Received: September 10, 2019; Published: December 18, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904066

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