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
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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

Hypnotic and Strategic Psychotherapy

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

Guest Editor

Joseph Meyerson, PhD

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Israel 

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Research Interests: strategic psychotherapy; hypnotic psychotherapy; hypnosis; hypnotherapy; dissociation


Integrating hypnosis in psychotherapy is a challenging task. The challenge is concealed in the diversity of approaches and theoretical orientations of professionals that study and use hypnosis in their practice. The intricacy of hypnosis historical roots and the diversity of the researcher's paradigms on hypnosis as a phenomenon add complexity to the task of interweaving hypnosis in the therapy.

In this special issue, an attempt will be made to present and to demonstrate some models of implementation of hypnosis in psychotherapy that dominate modern hypnotherapy and can be used for appropriate incorporation of hypnosis in the clinical practice.

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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.

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Open Access Case Report

Using Hypnotic Techniques and Guided Imagery in Treatment of a Highly Hypnosible Woman with Slowly Progressing Chronic Organic Brain Disorder: A Case Study

Received: 25 May 2023;  Published: 20 October 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2304043


A therapeutic intervention combines guided imagery and hypnotic techniques (including self-hypnosis), direct and indirect suggestions, medical treatments, and highly improving patient condition. A variety of hypnotic intervention techniques were introduced to treat a highly hypnotizable patient suffering from an advanced organic brain disorder [...]
Open Access Case Report

Chasing Bodily-Self Ghost: Interoception-Aided Hypnosis in the Treatment for Depersonalization-A Case Study

Received: 17 May 2022;  Published: 06 February 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301012


This paper aims to introduce a relatively novel approach for Hypnosis to treat Depersonalization-derealization Disorder (DPRD). Depersonalization is conceptualized as a disrupted interoceptive process disorder. Based on this conceptualization, Hypnotic intervention is tailored to counter the flawed process. It is exemplified by a case of a [...]
Open Access Original Research

Hypnotic Regression as an Autoethnographic Modality for Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences as Proposed Effectors of Chronic Adult Obesity - Selected Case Studies

Received: 09 March 2022;  Published: 26 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203046


Much has been written about the aetiological role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the development of chronic adult physical and emotional health problems but current screening methods utilising questionnaires and formal interviewing often fail to show consensus across populations and surveys. This paper proposes that hypnotic regres [...]
Open Access Case Report

Self-Hypnosis for Phantom Limb Pain: A Multiple-Case Study

Received: 29 June 2022;  Published: 09 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203040


Phantom limb pain occurs in more than half of the people who have undergone an amputation. Hypnosis can alleviate pain effectively in experimental, procedural, and chronic pain. Thus, in this multiple-case study, we determined whether hypnosis might be a successful complementary approach to help patients with phantom limb pain [...]
Open Access Case Report

Patient’s Acting on their Own Care: Medical Hypnosis for Perioperative Management in The Awake Craniotomy. Technical Report and Clinical Cases.

Received: 09 May 2022;  Published: 28 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203030


The patient as the custodian of their own care is a concept that has been evolving for several years and can help the patient to a better and quicker recovery. Medical Hypnosis (MH) assist the practitioner to reduce the patient’s pain and disorders and help the patient to understand, accept, and manage their situation. Recently, this techniq [...]
Open Access Concept Paper

Induction into Browning’s Strategy: Suggestions for Family Therapy

Received: 11 April 2022;  Published: 25 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203029


The authors attempted to operationalize the clinical work of strategic theorist and expert family therapist, Scott Browning. Strategic therapy takes the position that a client is stuck, not necessarily sick. This focus encourages the clinician to create alternative perspectives such that a client learns to consider a problem from a new lens [...]
Open Access Original Research

Integrating Mindfulness Practice in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotic Psychotherapy

Received: 28 January 2022;  Published: 06 May 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2202021


After the emergence of Mindfulness in the Western world, many studies proved its mental and physical benefits. However, implementing Mindfulness in psychotherapy has several challenges: therapists are not formal Mindfulness instructors; the Mindfulness course is a continuous eight-week course, which many patients do not attend during therap [...]