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, 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.

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

Auricular Medicine: Prevention, Auriculodiagnosis and Auriculotherapy using Evidence-Based Complementary Medical Methods

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Gerhard Litscher, Univ.-Prof. Prof. hc mult. MSc PhD MDsc

Full professor at Swiss University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SWISS TCM UNI), High-Tech Acupuncture and Digital Chinese Medicine, Switzerland

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Research Interests: Evidence-based complementary medicine; integrative medicine; biomedical engineering; traditional Chinese medicine; neuromonitoring; high-tech acupuncture; digital Chinese medicine; laser medicine

About This Topic

Auricular medicine, a multifaceted approach has its roots in ancient healing traditions, later expanded upon by French physician Dr. Paul Nogier, and has experienced a resurgence of interest in recent years due to its potential applications in healthcare. It encompasses a range of practices, including prevention, auriculodiagnosis, and auriculotherapy, and has demonstrated its efficacy when integrated with evidence-based complementary methods. Integrative and Complementary Medicine OBM (ICM OBM) is excited to announce a Special Issue on “Auricular Medicine: Prevention, Auriculodiagnosis and Auriculotherapy using Evidence-Based Complementary Methods” to explore the latest advancements and research in this dynamic field.

Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Auricular Medicine in Preventive Healthcare: Exploration of the role of auricular medicine in preventive medicine, including the identification of early signs of diseases and promoting overall well-being.
  • Auriculodiagnosis: Advancements in auriculodiagnostic techniques, their clinical applications, and diagnostic accuracy.
  • Auriculotherapy for Disease Prevention: Studies and reviews on the use of auriculotherapy for specific medical conditions, both acute and chronic.
  • Integration of Auricular Medicine with other Complementary Approaches: Research on the integration of auricular medicine with evidence-based complementary methods, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary interventions.
  • Neurobiological Mechanisms: Investigations into the neurobiological mechanisms underlying auriculotherapy and its potential role in preventive care.
  • Education and Empowerment: Strategies and outcomes related to education and self-administered auriculotherapy techniques.
  • Clinical Case Reports: Compelling case reports highlighting the role of auricular medicine in different diseases.
  • Etc.

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original research, reviews, case reports, reports, etc. related to the above topics. Manuscripts should adhere to the OBM-ICM guidelines, which can be found on the journal's website. All submissions will undergo a thorough peer review process. Please submit your papers through the journal's online submission system, clearly specifying that your submission is intended for the "Auricular Medicine" Special Issue.

For any inquiries related to this Special Issue, please contact the managing editor.

We eagerly anticipate your contributions to this Special Issue, as we strive to advance our understanding of the multifaceted field of auricular medicine, its role in disease prevention, and its integration with evidence-based complementary methods. Your research has the potential to make a significant impact on healthcare and preventive medicine.


Auricular Medicine; Auriculodiagnosis; Auriculotherapy; Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine; Nogier Reflex; Reflex Auriculo-Cardiac (RAC); Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS); Vagus Nerve Stimulation

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.

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Open Access Editorial

Unexplained Phenomena in Auricular Medicine

Received: 02 January 2024;  Published: 04 January 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2401003


Auricular medicine, an integral component of traditional medicine, has grown famous as a complementary and alternative Medicine (CAM) modality. Despite its widespread acceptance and anecdotal support, the scientific community grapples with multifaceted challenges that impede the establishment of a comprehensive empirical foundation [...]
Open Access Conference Report

Report from the 11th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy Held in Copenhagen, 8-10 September 2023 - Auriculotherapy meets the field of Psychology

Received: 25 October 2023;  Published: 26 October 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2304047