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

High-Tech and Digital Chinese Medicine (DCM)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2025 (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

“Digital Chinese Medicine (DCM)" means the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices with digital technologies. This includes the use of digital platforms, artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics, or wearable devices to enhance the practice, diagnosis, or personalized treatment plans within the realm of Chinese medicine. This special issue aims to explore the intersection of cutting-edge technologies and TCM practices, fostering a deeper understanding of the synergies between ancient wisdom and modern innovation.

We invite researchers, practitioners, and scholars to submit original research articles, reviews, case studies etc. on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Digital Diagnostics and Monitoring: Applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and wearable devices in TCM diagnostics and patient monitoring.
  • Integrative Healthcare Platforms: Development and implementation of digital platforms that seamlessly integrate TCM with conventional medicine for holistic patient care.
  • Herbal Medicine in the Digital Age: Utilization of technology for quality control, authentication, and standardization of herbal medicines in TCM.
  • Telemedicine in TCM: Remote consultations, telehealth, and digital communication tools enhancing accessibility and reach of TCM practices.
  • Biomedical Imaging in TCM Research: Advanced imaging techniques, such as functional MRI and molecular imaging, for understanding the physiological effects of TCM interventions.
  • Data Security and Privacy in TCM: Ethical considerations and strategies for ensuring the security and privacy of patient data in digital TCM applications.
  • Patient Empowerment through Technology: The role of digital tools in educating and empowering patients to actively participate in their TCM treatments.

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!


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Received: 14 May 2024;  Published: 15 May 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2402027


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‘Digital Chinese Medicine (DCM)’: From Acupuncture to Algorithms and the Digital Transformation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Received: 19 November 2023;  Published: 20 November 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2304054


In today's high-tech-driven times, traditional ways are getting a digital upgrade, and Chinese medicine is part of this change. Mixing ancient healing know-how with modern high technology has created digital Chinese medicine (DCM). It could change healthcare worldwide. This editorial aims to explore this new area and look at its [...]