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Virtua launches Center for Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is about the best of both worlds in healthcare. It is the practice of combining conventional medicine with holistic complementary therapies which are supported by high-quality evidence and recognized by the National Institutes for Health. It allows patients to choose the best of all possible alternatives to treat their health issues and keep them well. And now it’s available at the new Virtua Center for Integrative Medicine.

Polina Karmazin, MD, is the medical director at the Virtua Center for Integrative Medicine which is located inside Virtua’s William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Road, in Voorhees, NJ. In practice in South Jersey for over 20 years, Dr. Karmazin has a medical degree in family medicine and is board certified in both integrative medicine and acupuncture. Her patients have found that complementary therapies are very effective treatments for a variety of health issues including acute and chronic pain—without the harmful side effects of conventional medications. “The majority of my patients have experienced pain relief and have been able to dramatically reduce and even stop their pain medications after receiving complementary therapies,” she explained.

Patients at the Center receive an assessment to determine the course of treatment to best support overall health and well-being. Dr. Karmazin treats patients suffering from a variety of ailments with biopuncture, acupuncture, homeopathy and microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation.

Dr. Karmazin has successfully utilized complementary therapies to treat an extensive list of medical issues including chronic pain, sports injuries, muscle strains and tendonitis, arthritis, herniated discs, headaches, digestive disorders, urinary problems, and flu and colds. She is certified in advanced biopuncture which is steroid-free injection treatment used to treat pain, swelling, inflammation and toxin accumulation in the body. The treatment consists of natural, FDA approved, homeopathic remedies that stimulate the body’s healing process. She also practices acupuncture which the World Health Organization recognizes as effective treatment for digestive, neurological and muscular disorders, respiratory issues and urinary and menstrual problems.

Patient Roseann Malizia suffered from osteoarthritis in her foot for years which actually resulted in excruciating knee pain because of changes in her gait and stance. “I had a hard time walking and the pain really changed my whole demeanor,” she said. Dr. Karmazin recommended biopuncture therapy and after three knee injections, Malizia was completely pain-free with no side effects. “I really thought I would just have to live with the pain, but here I was—pain free in just a few weeks,” she said. “Dr. Karmazin is knowledgeable, compassionate and empathetic to her patients’ needs. She truly provides the best of traditional and holistic health care.”

Medicine, both conventional and holistic, has come a long way. There are treatments, medications and modalities that can successfully treat many conditions and help maintain health and promote wellness. Virtua’s Center for Integrative Medicine offers a wide range of complementary therapies to help achieve the goal—to be well, get well and stay well.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.