Biopuncture is a therapy whereby natural, homeopathic products are injected into the body to stimulate and support the body’s natural healing process.
You may not have heard of it yet, but Polina Karmazin, MD, Director of the Virtua Center for Integrative Medicine, has been helping her patients with this innovative medical treatment for the past 8 years and counting--ever since biopuncture was first introduced to this country.
“I was fortunate enough to be at the very first U.S. lecture delivered by Jan Kersschot, MD, the Belgian doctor who developed this modality and coined the term ‘biopuncture’,” says Dr. Karmazin. “I was immediately impressed by his techniques and findings, and began training with him to become certified.”
Complementary and alternative medical treatments like biopuncture are becoming increasingly popular among doctors and patients alike. Why?
Common injuries and ailments (i.e. back pain, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome) can be hard to resolve with conventional medicine, but sufferers often find real relief after a series of biopuncture treatments.
What is biopuncture?
Biopuncture involves the injection of natural substances such as plants and minerals in very low concentrations or micro-doses. “These homeopathic substances are all FDA-regulated,” says Dr. Karmazin. “And the needles used are very small and thin so there’s minimal discomfort.”
Although some people will experience immediate relief after one treatment, usually a series of treatments (once a week for 3 to 5 weeks) will be required and sometimes more for people who are dealing with severe, chronic or complex health issues.
How does it work?
“These injections stimulate the body’s natural healing process,” says Dr. Karmazin.
Let’s say you develop elbow pain, and you’re eager to get back on the tennis court. Your elbow hurts because tissue is inflamed. The same inflammation that causes the pain is also how your body heals itself after injury.
“Conventional medicine may recommend taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which stops the pain because it stops the inflammation,” says Dr. Karmazin. “Instead, biopuncture works to speed up the healing process that begins with inflammation. It reduces pain by encouraging rather than interfering with the body’s natural processes.”
What’s more, biopuncture is extremely safe, with almost no side effects. “Some may experience minor bruising or irritation at the injection site,” says Dr. Karmazin. The same cannot be said for NSAIDs, which sometimes cause problems in the stomach, kidney and heart with long-term use.
What does it treat?
Biopuncture can treat pain and discomfort in your:
“Really, any kind of sprain, strain or arthritic condition responds well to this treatment,” says Dr. Karmazin.
“Biopuncture can even shorten the duration and intensity of the common cold and flu, if administered early on in the course of the illness,” says Dr. Karmazin. “It can also be used to treat some medical conditions such as asthma.”
Although biopuncture is not currently covered by health insurance, it’s also not a particularly expensive treatment option. You might be surprised by how affordable it is as compared to the conventional treatments you’ve used in the past--and how quickly you’re back to enjoying life with fewer aches and pains.
*Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any complementary and alternative medical treatments you're undergoing.