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

Massage for Mental Health Problems

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Dr. Wing Fai Yeung, BCM, BSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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Research Interests: Acupuncture; Sleep Disorders Research; Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mental Health

About This Topic

Massage of therapy is one of the complementary health approaches, which includes a variety of techniques to touch and exert pressure on subjects’ body. Massage has been widely used in pain and symptoms management and numerous studies have been conducted in this field. Recently, emerging research suggested that massage may play a role in managing mental health problems, but more rigorous scientific evidence is needed to support its use. In light of the blooming research evidence in the field, the special issue on mental health problems will be a timely endeavor. We encourage the submission of papers on original research and clinical management exploring the effects or mechanism of massage for the following conditions:
Sleep problems
Eating disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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.

Welcome your submission!


Open Access Research Article

Anxiety Improvement after Oncology Massage

Received: 31 October 2019;  Published: 21 February 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001008


Literature suggests Oncology Massage (OM) reduces anxiety. However, research is limited in large, diverse, nonexperimentally manipulated outpatient samples of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to 1) describe OM visit patterns, 2) describe anxiety response to OM, and 3) determine if OM resulted in significantly reduced anxiety [...]
Open Access Review

The Role of Massage in Bereavement: A Scoping Review

Received: 06 August 2019;  Published: 08 October 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1904058


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 specific role that massage can play in supporting [...]