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

Integrative Therapies for Menopause Management

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Nancy King Reame, MSN, PhD, FAAN

Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA

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Research Interests: impact of herbal supplements and diet on menopause symptoms, non-pharmacologic therapies for hot flashes, use of mobile app technologies in symptom management

About This Topic

Although hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for the distressing symptoms of menopause that universally effects more than 80% of midlife women, fears of breast cancer and stroke have significantly reduced its appeal. Moreover, for women with chronic health conditions as well as cancer survivors, syx may be especially pronounced with few options. The use of non-hormonal alternatives for menopause-related symptoms such as hot flashes, poor sleep, weight gain, muscle aches/pains and vaginal atrophy, which carry significant psychosocial consequences, has grown exponentially during the last two decades. While the placebo response can be as high as 50% in randomized controlled trials of interventions to improve hot flashes, complementary and alternative medicine treatments are emerging as promising evidence-based options. This special issue will focus on the utilization of integrative therapies for the treatment of menopause symptoms. We are seeking publications that address integrative approaches across the range of modalities, including mind-body practices (eg, hypnosis,cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation, biofeedback,meditation, aromatherapy), natural products (eg, herbs, vitamins, minerals, dietary supplements), and whole-system approaches (eg, tradi-tional Chinese medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, homeopathy).Trials that investigate at least one of these interventions for menopause syx in different populations such as those with cancer,obesity, alcoholism, or HIV are also welcome.

We sincerely invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles for this special issue.


Menopause therapies; Reproductive neuroendocrinology

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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