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Why people use herbal medicine: insights from a focus-group study in Germany

The use of herbal medicine is increasing worldwide but little is known of the reasons that individuals take them.  This study explores those reasons with a sample from Germany.  The study also highlights the importance of ensuring that herbal medicines are discussed with medical experts before being taken.


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Aims and scope

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.


Section Editors

  • Holger CramerUniversity of Duisburg-Essen
  • Jacobus Eloff, University of Pretoria
  • Torkel Falkenberg, Karolinska Institutet
  • Victor Kuete, University of Dschang
  • Jianping Liu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
  • Karen Pilkington, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Cheryl Ritenbaugh, University of Arizona
  • Insop ShimKyung Hee University
  • Claudia Witt, Charité University Medical Center


Insop Shim, Section Editor

I am currently a professor at College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University. I hold a Ph.D. in Biopsychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine University of Illinois. I am a member of the Society for Neuroscience and have served as an organizing committee of many International conferences and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Korean Society of Stress Medicine and Executive Editor of Experimental Neurobiology.


My research expertise is in the areas of neural mechanisms responsible for motivational behaviors including stress, drugs of abuse, and learning and memory. It is the goal of my research in particular, to elucidate both the effects and the mechanisms of action of the herbal medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using animal models of stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or learning and memory. I have joined a board member since Aug, 2016.  

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  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is affiliated with ISCMR, the international society for complementary medicine research.

2017 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.109 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.732 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.133 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.858 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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