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 11.7 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2021, 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 6.8 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Energy Psychology and the Future of Medicine

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Dawson Church, PhD

1. National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, Fulton, CA, United States.
2. CEO, Energy Psychology Group, Inc, United States.

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Research interests: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); psychology; spirituality; energy psychology

About This Topic

Energy Psychology (EP) emerged as a distinct field in the late 1980s. Clinical observations showed that supplementing established psychological techniques — such as exposure and cognitive processing — with physiological interventions — such as acupressure, diaphragmatic breathing, and eye movements — enhanced therapeutic outcomes. A decade later, led by EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), early research had been published in the scientific literature. By 2021, more than 400 papers had been published in peer-reviewed journals, including meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and other outcome studies demonstrating their efficacy with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other conditions, often at an order of magnitude greater than conventional therapies.

Studies of the epigenetic, neurological, and endocrinal mechanisms involved in EP approaches such as EMDR and Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) complemented the clinical trials. EP modalities have been recognized as effective treatments by various official bodies, including the US Veterans Administration, the US National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, and the World Health Organization. As somatic therapies whose speed and reach distinguish them from conventional treatments, the momentum of EP research and the adoption of these therapies in primary care makes a Special Issue on this topic timely.

The scope of this Special Issue includes four objectives: (1) To review past research and the lessons it offers for health care settings; (2) To highlight current clinical trials that increase understanding of either approach, (3) To project the future trajectory of research and implementation, and (4) To chart the contribution that the widespread adoption of these approaches by the healing professions might make to special populations and to society as a whole.

Publication

Open Access Research Article

Integrating the Complementary Therapies of Energy Psychology and Dreamwork – the Dream to Freedom Method

Received: 25 January 2022;  Published: 05 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203024

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the integration of dreamwork and Energy Psychology (EP) can enhance outcomes in the treatment of a range of psychological disorders. The therapeutic process often begins with a peeling away of emotional layers until underlying issues surface. When utilizing dreamwork, however, it is possible [...]
Open Access Concept Paper

The Energy of Energy Psychology

Received: 27 January 2022;  Published: 01 April 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2202015

Abstract

The vague or controversial use of the term energy in the clinical subdiscipline known as “energy psychology” has been an obstacle to the field’s acceptance. This paper discusses five forms of energy and explores the role of each in energy psychology treatments. While patterns in (a) electrical signaling [...]
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