The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (J ALTERN COMPLEM MED)

Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert

Journal description

The journal includes observational and analytical reports on treatments outside the realm of allopathic medicine which are gaining interest and warranting research to assess their therapeutic value. It includes current concepts in clinical care, including case reports that will be valuable for health care professionals and scientists who are seeking to evaluate and integrate these therapies into patient care protocols and research strategies.

Current impact factor: 1.59

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.585
2013 Impact Factor 1.518
2012 Impact Factor 1.464
2011 Impact Factor 1.585
2010 Impact Factor 1.498
2009 Impact Factor 1.685
2008 Impact Factor 1.628
2007 Impact Factor 1.526
2006 Impact Factor 1.104
2005 Impact Factor 1.051
2004 Impact Factor 1.401
2003 Impact Factor 0.979
2002 Impact Factor 1.261
2001 Impact Factor 0.927
2000 Impact Factor 1.233

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.78
Cited half-life 6.60
Immediacy index 0.27
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.39
Website Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine website
Other titles Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.: Online), Journal of alternative and complementary medicine
ISSN 1075-5535
OCLC 45694924
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Mary Ann Liebert

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    • On author's personal website
    • On institutional repository, pre-print server or research network after 12 months embargo
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Set statement to accompany deposit (see policy)
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • NIH authors will have their final paper, (post peer review, copy-editing and proof-reading) deposited in PubMed Central on their behalf
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Given the dearth of literature on this topic, the aim of this study was to understand who chooses to study integrative healthcare at an academic institution and why they choose to do so, the demographic characteristics of the student population, their background, and postgraduate plans. Design: A cross-sectional survey design. Setting: Data were collected at a large, urban, public university with a well-established undergraduate bachelor of science program in integrative healthcare. Participants: A total of 105 declared integrative health undergraduate majors. Measurements: Online research software collected anonymous survey responses during a 2-month period. Results: Survey participants were more likely to be white and full-time students compared with the general undergraduate population. Many respondents discovered the integrative health major and then decided to enroll at the university. Most had used complementary and alternative medicine modalities, such as massage, yoga, and meditation. More than half of the survey participants were dissatisfied with conventional/Western medicine and its providers. Most respondents had a personal interest in complementary and alternative medicine and holistic health that influenced their decision to declare the major. Additionally, more than half of the respondents want to become a complementary and alternative medicine provider. Most survey participants plan to pursue postgraduate training/education in an integrative healthcare-related field. Conclusion: Students who choose to study integrative healthcare in an undergraduate academic institution may mirror the patient population of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Their profile, rationale, exposures, intentions, and directions may be helpful to universities considering adding this type of program or postgraduate education programs in attracting new students to integrative health fields. It also informs existing integrative healthcare programs regarding program enhancement. A larger sample involving more integrative health academic institutions would be useful for a future study.
    The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 11/2015; DOI:10.1089/acm.2015.0219
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To investigate whether Holotropic Breathwork™ (HB; Grof Transpersonal Training, Mill Valley, CA) has any significance in the development of self-awareness. Design: A quasi-experiment design and multiple case studies. A single case design was replicated. The statistical design was a related within-subject and repeated-measures design (pre-during-post design). Setting/location: The study was conducted in Denmark. Participants: The participants (n = 20) were referred from Danish HB facilitators. Nine were novices and 11 had experience with HB. Intervention: Four HB sessions. Outcome measures: The novices (n = 9) underwent positive temperament changes and the experienced participants (n = 11) underwent positive changes in character. Overall, positive self-awareness changes were indicated; the participants' (n = 20) scores for persistence temperament, interpersonal problems, overly accommodating, intrusive/needy, and hostility were reduced. Changes in temperament were followed by changes in paranoid ideation scale, indicating a wary phase. Results: Participants (n = 20) experienced reductions in their persistence temperament scores. The pretest mean (mean ± standard deviation, 114.15 ± 16.884) decreased at post-test (110.40 ± 16.481; pre-during-test p = 0.046, pre-post-test p = 0.048, pre-post-test effect size [d] = 0.2). Temperament changes were followed by an increase in paranoid ideation; the pre-test mean (47.45 ± 8.88) at post-test had increased to a higher but normal score (51.55 ± 7.864; pre-during-test p = 0.0215, pre-post-test p = 0.021, pre-post-test d = 0.5). Pre-test hostility mean (50.50 ± 10.395) decreased at post-test (47.20 ± 9.001; p = 0.0185; d = 0.3). The Inventory of Interpersonal Problems total pre-test mean (59.05 ± 17.139) was decreased at post-test (54.8 ± 12.408; p = 0.044; d = 0.2). Overly accommodating pre-test mean (56.00 ± 12.303) was decreased at post-test (51.55 ± 7.797; p = 0.0085; d = 0.4). The intrusive/needy pre-test score (57.25 ± 13.329) was decreased at post-test (52.85 ± 10.429; p = 0.005; d = 0.4). Conclusions: The theoretical conclusion is that HB can induce very beneficial temperament changes, which can have positive effects on development of character, measured as an increase in self-awareness.
    The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 11/2015; DOI:10.1089/acm.2014.0297

  • The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 10/2015; 21(10):593-597. DOI:10.1089/acm.2014.0334

  • The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 10/2015; 21(10):583-585. DOI:10.1089/acm.2015.0334.guested

  • The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Title: Improvements in Mindfulness through Participation in Physical Activity Primary Study Objective Poor health behavior management has led to a preponderance of lifestyle diseases in the United States resulting in astronomical health care costs, loss of productivity, and a reduced quality and length of life. Choosing positive health behaviors early and consistently is essential in the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases such as type II diabetes and obesity. The incorporation of mindfulness techniques while participating in physical activity may provide a productive venue for increases in mindfulness. Ultimately, a non-judgmental, self-awareness-oriented approach to physical activity may impact health behavior management. Methods Forty-seven adults drawn from Saint Peter’s University and the surrounding community were assigned to either an exercise intervention that included 30 minutes of yoga followed by 30 minutes of indoor cycling, or an untreated control. The yoga/cycling sessions were held twice per week with subjects participating for four weeks or eight weeks. During both the yoga session and the cycling session breath work, visualization, body scan, and mindfulness-based readings were provided. In addition, participants quantified their responses by assessing their heart rates, perceived exertion, and exercise induced feelings. Data on the primary and secondary outcomes were collected at baseline and at the completion of the intervention. The primary outcome measure was mindfulness using the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire and the Mindful Eating Inventory. A secondary measure was General Well-being. Results There were no significant differences between the four-week and eight-week intervention groups’ outcome variables; therefore, the pre-test and post-test data for both groups were analyzed together. There was a significant within subjects increase in mindfulness from pre-test to post-test in the intervention group as measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (P<0.048). Among the five facets of the mindfulness questionnaire, the within subjects significant improvements were found in the facets of Observe (P<0.008) and Non-judge (P<0.035). There was also a significant between subjects cross-over effect in mindfulness eating (P< 0.029) with the intervention group’s mindfulness scores increasing and the control group’s mindfulness scores decreasing from pre-test to post-test. Finally, there was a within subjects significant improvement in the intervention group’s general well-being score from pre-test to post-test (P<0.048). Conclusions Participating in physical activity while incorporating mindfulness techniques is a productive method for improving measures of mindfulness. Associating self-care and self-awareness with the participation of physical activity may be a successful approach towards the improvement of health behavior management as evidenced by the improvements made in mindful eating; more research is necessary. Objectives: Design mindfulness-based interventions to impact health behaviors Recognize the components of a mind/body exercise prescription Assess the efficacy of teaching mindfulness techniques and employing them in a cardiovascular activity
    The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 12/2014; 20(6):306-316. DOI:10.1089/act.2014.20609

  • The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 01/2014; 20(5):A83. DOI:10.1089/acm.2014.5217
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To evaluate the compliance with and tolerability of daily cranberry capsule ingestion for asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) prevention in pregnancy. Design: A total of 49 pregnant women from two sites were randomly assigned to cranberry or matching placebo, two doses daily, at gestational ages less than 16 weeks. Patients were followed monthly for urinary tract infection until delivery. Up to seven monthly visits were scheduled for each patient. Delivery data were evaluated. Results: Of 38 evaluable patients, the mean compliance rate over the study period was 82% (range, 20%-100%). This compliance rate and the 74% of patients achieving good (≥75%) compliance were similar between those who received cranberry capsules and placebo. Compliance evaluation revealed that most patients stopped capsule consumption after 34-38 weeks of participation. Multivariate logistic regression and longitudinal analysis showed a significant interaction time effect with cranberry treatment. However, cranberry consumption was not a significant predictor of gastrointestinal intolerance or study withdrawal. Although 30% of patients withdrew for various reasons, only 1 withdrew because of intolerance to the cranberry capsules. Loss to follow-up was mostly due to provider change (9 of 49 [18%]) and therapy disinterest (4 of 49 [8%]). Seven cases of ASB occurred in 5 patients: 2 of 24 (8%) in the cranberry group and 3 of 25 (12%) in the placebo group. No cases of cystitis or pyelonephritis were observed. Conclusion: One third of pregnant women could not complete the study protocol for various reasons. Compliance with and tolerability of cranberry capsule ingestion appear good; these capsules provide a potentially effective means to prevent ASB in pregnancy. Further studies with large samples are necessary to confirm the findings.
    The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 01/2014; 21(11). DOI:10.1089/acm.2014.0272
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a short-term yoga-based lifestyle intervention on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and markers of inflammation and endothelial function in overweight and obese men. DESIGN: Nonrandomized prospective lifestyle intervention study with pre-post design. SETTING AND LOCATION: Integral Health Clinic, an outpatient facility providing yoga-based lifestyle intervention programs for prevention and management of chronic diseases. SUBJECTS: Overweight and obese men (n=51) were enrolled in the study. Subjects who were physically unable to participate and those participating in other interventions were excluded from the study. INTERVENTION: A pretested intervention program including asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), group discussions, lectures, and individualized advice. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome measure was weight loss, and the secondary outcome measures were clinical and laboratory correlates of CVD risk, levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), adiponectin, and endothelin-1 (ET-1). RESULTS: Men (n=51, body mass index [BMI] 26.26±2.42 kg/m(2)) were enrolled and underwent a yoga-based lifestyle intervention for 10 days. Of 51 subjects, 30 completed the study. There was a significant reduction in weight from Baseline to Day 10 (74.60±7.98, 72.69±8.37 kg, p<0.001, respectively), BMI (26.26±2.42, 25.69±2.47 kg/m(2), p<0.001, respectively), and systolic BP (121.73±11.58, 116.73±9.00, p=0.042, respectively). There was a significant reduction in plasma IL-6 from Baseline to Day 10 (median 2.24 vs. 1.26 pg/mL, respectively, p=0.012). There was a significant increase in the plasma adiponectin from Baseline to Day 10 (median 4.95 vs. 6.26 μg/mL, respectively, p=0.014). Plasma ET-1 level remained unchanged. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that even a short-term yoga-based lifestyle intervention may be an important modality to reduce the risk for CVD as indicated by weight loss, reduction in systolic blood pressure, an increase in adiponectin, and decrease in IL-6 in overweight and obese men. PMID: 23210469 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
    The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 12/2012; 19(5):397-402.