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 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 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 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Yoga Therapy and Its Role as a Complementary Healing Modality

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

Guest Editor

Vidhi Sadana, Yoga Therapist (Biography)

Rheumatology Unit, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK.  

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Research interests: yoga, yoga therapy, behavioural interventions, recovery, mental health

About the topic:

Yoga Therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the yoga therapist, implements a personalised and evolving yoga practice, a unique practice that includes an appropriate selection of tools from among the wide range of possibilities Yoga has to offer.

A wide range of conditions can be alleviated or managed through Individualised Yoga therapy. Yoga therapy not only addresses illnesses with a multi-dimensional approach - physical, energetic, mental, behavioural, and emotional-, but also aims to alleviate suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending on the nature of the illness, Yoga Therapy can be preventative, curative, or a means to manage illness, or it can facilitate healing in the person at all levels. It is a non-invasive and holistic approach to healing that includes a wide range of Yoga therapy tools including postures, breath regulation, meditation, dietary recommendations, lifestyle suggestions, chanting, visualisations / affirmations, special energetic seals, symbolic gestures and guided self-inquiry. Yoga therapy practices are tailor-made to suit the needs and capacities of each student and honour not only the conditions they suffer from, but also their own experience of their illnesses and in their unique context of life.

High quality research is needed to create an evidence-base for yoga therapy’s integration as a complementary healing modality and to inform practices and policies that will support an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and behavioural health. Potential topics include but not limited to-

  • Feasibility studies aimed to prevent and manage long-term conditions and mood-disorders.
  • Secondary data analyses of multi-level factors associated with chronic and mood-disorders.
  • Mixed method studies that investigates the potential role of yoga therapy in managing symptoms of long-covid.
  • Efficacy and effectiveness studies that focus on role of yoga therapy in managing medically unexplained symptoms such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
  • Mechanistic studies to guide future basic and clinical research, targeting use of yoga therapy in treatment of stress-mediated psychological disorders.
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