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: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

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.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.lidsen.com/account-login by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. Guidelines for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available on the Instructions for Authors page. Integrative and Complementary Medicine OBM is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by LIDSEN. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.
We sincerely invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles for this special issue.


Menopause therapies; Reproductive neuroendocrinology