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. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

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

Modernization of Acupuncture Education and Research

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

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 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

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Research Interests: biomedical engineering; neuromonitoring in anesthesia and intensive care medicine; high-tech acupuncture; laserneedle medicine; complementary and integrative laser medicine; evidence-based complementary medicine

About This Topic

Acupuncture, moxibustion and their related fields like acupressure have been used for medical treatment for thousands of years. A large number of empirical data is available but the technical quantification of effects was not possible up to now. Using different kinds of acupuncture stimulation and modern biomedical techniques, it is now possible to quantify changes in biological activities caused by acupuncture.

This special issue focuses on the modernization of acupuncture education worldwide and also on the latest innovative aspects that underline the further enhancement and development of acupuncture. Special emphasis is given to new methodological and technical investigations, e.g. results obtained from all kinds of acupuncture innovations including needle acupuncture.

ICM welcome all papers dealing with the topic. Studies concerning bioengineering assessment of acupuncture based on modern technology are especially welcome.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System before December 31, 2018.

Planned Papers

Title: Basic Medical Science for Traditional Chinese Medicine, based on BIOCERAMIC Research
Author: Chi Ming Lee, Yuan Chia Chang, Ting Kai Leung*

Title: New Paradigm in International Ear Acupuncture
Author: Dr. István Széchenyi
Affiliation: Director, founder, acupuncturist, Széchenyi Health Center, 1550 Budapest, Hungary

Title: Teaching veterinary acupuncture in the modern age- LU channel as prototype
Author: Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA
Affiliation: Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehabilitation- 5528 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA


Open Access Technical Note

Efficacy of LED Infrared Warming in the Periphery of the Human Body – First Investigations in a Subject using Thermography

Gerhard Litscher
Received: April 15, 2020; Published: May 11, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002030

Open Access Editorial

Can Laser Medicine and Laser Acupuncture be used for COVID-19? Selected Areas of the Current Scientific Literature

Gerhard Litscher
Received: May 03 , 2020; Published: May 07, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2002026

Open Access Original Research

Heart Rate Variability during Acupuncture Treatment of Lumbosacral Pain

Yan Yang, Gerhard Litscher, Zemin Sheng, Lu Wang
Received: February 12, 2020; Published: March 20, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001015

Open Access Editorial

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-19): Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture for Alleviation – A Report from Wuhan, Hubei Province in China

Fengxia Liang, Gerhard Litscher
Received: February 25, 2020; Published: February 26, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001009

Open Access Editorial

Gender Differences in Manual, Electro, and Laser Acupuncture

Yan Yang, Gerhard Litscher
Received: January 08, 2020; Published: January 14, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2001003

Open Access Case Report

Increase in Electrodermal Activity on Acupuncture Points of Lymphatic, Lung, Nervous, Endocrine and Heart Meridians after Running Exercise, a Single Case Study

Harry G. Hong
Received: December 10, 2018; Published: March 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901019

Open Access Concept Paper

New Paradigm in International Ear Acupuncture

István Széchenyi
Received: October 16, 2018; Published: February 26, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901013

Open Access Editorial

Auricular Medicine

Gerhard Litscher
Received: November, 07, 2017; Published: November, 10, 2017; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1704004

Open Access Original Research

Modulation of Excitability of Spinal Neural Functions by Acupoint Stimulation Physical Therapy at LU5 (Chize) in Three Hemiplegic Patients with Cerebrovascular Disease

Toshiaki Suzuki, Makiko Tani, Kaito Takamori, Maki Yamada
Received: January 21, 2017; Published: February 20, 2017; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1701001

Open Access Original Research

Modernization of Acupuncture Education in Europe and China: A Report from Austria

Daniela Litscher, Gerhard Litscher
Received: May 24, 2016; Published: August 15, 2016; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1601002