The Virtua Center for Integrative Medicine is a specialized practice offering a holistic approach to health and healing. Our integrative medicine physician combines conventional medical training with proven alternative therapies to optimize a person’s health. The center uses only those complementary and alternative treatments which are supported by high-quality evidence and are recognized by the National Institutes of Health.
Spectrum of Care
Holistic treatments such as acupuncture, biopuncture and homeopathy are used to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. They have proven effective in treating a wide range of medical issues including joint and back pain, arthritis, migraines, asthma, urinary problems and digestive disorders to name just a few.
Polina Karmazin, MD, is the medical director of Integrative Medicine at Virtua. Her integrative approach combines a background in family medicine with a passion for holistic healing. She specializes in managing acute and chronic pain without the harmful side effects of conventional medications. For more than 20 years, she has incorporated proven complementary therapies to optimize the health of her patients. Dr. Karmazin is happy to work in collaboration with patients’ primary care physicians.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing by using small needles which, when applied at very precise points, produce stimulation that causes the release of natural, restorative chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture is used to reduce pain and treat digestive, neurological and muscular disorders, as well as respiratory issues and urinary and menstrual problems.
Biopuncture is a steroid-free injection treatment that uses natural, FDA-regulated, homeopathic remedies to stimulate the body’s healing process. These substances are used to treat pain, swelling, inflammation and toxin accumulation, among other problems. Biopuncture has been found to be successful in controlling pain caused by arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis and acute injuries. It is also beneficial in the treatment of colds, flu and asthma.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that involves treating individuals with highly diluted natural substances with the goal of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Each patient receives a one-hour, in-depth assessment to determine the remedies that will work best to support overall health and well-being. This holistic assessment includes an evaluation of a patient’s current illness, as well as medical history, diet, lifestyle and personality. Homeopathic remedies are FDA-regulated and tailored to each person based on the results of the assessment.
Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulator (MENS)
Microcurrent therapy is often used to in the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries. Weak electrical currents are applied using electrodes placed on the skin. Research and clinical trials have shown that microcurrent stimulation speeds the healing time of sprain, strains and fractures. Other benefits include decreased inflammation, edema and swelling.
The Center offers a range of skin rejuvenation services to help you look as young as you feel. Physician-directed skin care lines Meg 21 and NuGenisis are clinically proven to improve skin elasticity, tone and texture. Cosmetic acupuncture treatments increase circulation and stimulate muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Injectable cosmetic fillers are a non-surgical option to instantly reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. The Center offers Restylane/Perlane, an FDA-approved, hyaluronic-acid based filler.