Naturopathy FAQ's

Who can benefit from seeing a naturopathic physician?

If you would like to gain energy, feel and look younger, and allow your mind and body to function at its highest potential, then you can benefit from seeing a naturopathic physician.

Anyone who desires a physician who genuinely listens, treats each patient like a unique individual, and finds the cause of disease can benefit from naturopathic care! A safe and effective treatment plan can be customized to help balance the body resulting in increased health.

Naturopathic medicine has been successful for people with:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Eczema
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Joint and body aches
  • Depression
  • Frustration from being sick, tired, and medicated!
  • The list goes on and on……

Does insurance cover visits?

Banner Health and HonorHealth employees have insurance programs to get reimbursed a significant percentage of naturopathic services. Employees can contact their insurance directly and ask about the alternative medicine reimbursement program for more information.

Dr. Eischens is not directly contracted with other insurance companies, but patients are able to self submit for possible reimbursement, use a health savings account, or check to see if your employer offers a wellness plan that may reimburse for services.

The current medical system does not promote empowerment or responsibility for our health, but rather perpetuates ‘sick care’ mentality. Patients who choose to INVEST in their health with naturopathic care not only feel better, but benefit financially and emotionally through:

  • Less time off from work or school.
  • Decreased long-term medication expense and side effects.
  • Decreased time and expenses related to co-pays and continued doctor appointments.
  • Lower risk for chronic disease=less cost for you and society!
  • Decreased need for invasive and costly procedures or surgery.
  • Higher quality of life creating more energy, joy, and time to do what you really enjoy doing!

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine focuses on the person and not simply their disease or symptoms. Although naturopathy has roots from the 1800’s, modern science and current medical procedures are incorporated to utilize the best combination for patients.

Naturopathic philosophy emphasizes:

  • Prevention
  • Treating the underlying cause of disease
  • Facilitating the body’s inherent ability to heal
  • Educating patients about health and treatment options
  • Treating the entire person including physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual components.

Naturopathic medicine uses a variety of safe and effective treatment options including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical medicine
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Intravenous combinations (ex. Vitamin C, minerals, B vitamins, glutathione, or specific chelating agents)
  • Mind/body counselling
  • Pharmaceutical guidance
  • Physical medicine
  • Supplement expertise

How are naturopathic physicians trained?

Naturopathic physicians have a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from an accredited four-year medical school. Naturopathic medical education includes the basic and clinical sciences comparable to other medical schools as well as learning a full spectrum of naturopathic therapies. Supervised clinical rotations are completed during the 3rd and 4th years in addition to completing continued classroom coursework.

A licensed naturopathic physician successfully passes 2 separate board exams for basic and clinical sciences. In Arizona, as primary care physicians, naturopathic doctors are able to diagnose, treat, and prescribe after completing a thorough history and any indicated physical exams, imaging, or lab work.

What if I live out of town or am unable to come to the clinic?

Dr. Eischens is able to treat patients across the globe providing telemedicine to those who would like to receive care. It is recommended to have a local physician who can conduct physical exams and monitor vitals. Labs can be faxed to a desired location for patients to have conveniently drawn. If supplements or medications are prescribed, these can be mailed or called in to a local pharmacy.