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Effects and Mechanisms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine during Reproductive Process

Call for Papers

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are commonly used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments. More than three-quarters of the world's population rely upon CAM for health care. It is a complex process of reproductive development as interference in any physiological steps may lead to diseases, such as infertility, endometriosis, miscarriage, or genital inflammation for women. Recent studies suggest that several CAM strategies could be beneficial as an adjunct to conventional medical management of reproductive diseases for women. Therefore, scientific research and review on its efficacy and mechanisms of action are necessary on these processes during reproductive development.

We invite investigators to contribute original articles as well as reviews which will apply to systematic and high-quality research of CAM during reproductive process for women. These works could be from different areas, including the clinic efficacy and physiological basis of CAM on endometriosis, miscarriage, genital inflammation, and subfertile women with IVF, as well as on incompatibility of blood type in pregnant women. We are particularly interested in papers reporting the development of advanced methodological and technical investigations. In addition, it is also cautioning about the possible risks or interaction between conventional medicines or acupuncture points combinations during reproductive process. The topics on the latest innovative aspects that underline further enhancement of CAM are especially welcomed. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The effect of CAM on subfertile women with in vitro fertilization
  • The clinical trial and physiological basis on CAM for threatened miscarriage or habitual abortion
  • The physiological basis of CAM for endometriosis
  • Effects and mechanisms of CAM for women undergoing genital inflammation
  • Conventional medicines on incompatibility of blood type and immunological attack in pregnant women
  • The risks and interaction between conventional medicines or acupuncture points combinations during reproductive process

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 13 September 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 6 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 31 January 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xiaoke Wu, First Affiliated Hospital, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, China

Guest Editors

  • Richard S. Legro, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
  • Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Department of Physiology and Endocrinology, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ernest H. Y. Ng, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong