Vancouver’s Plant-Based Naturopathic Doctor
As a primary care provider, Dr. Matthew Nagra sees patients of all backgrounds and addresses a variety of health concerns with a focus on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as optimizing athletic performance and promoting recovery from physical injuries. Dr. Nagra takes an evidence-based approach to patient management and utilizes treatment modalities such as physical medicine and nutrition, with particular expertise in plant-based nutrition.
What Does Dr Nagra Do as is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic medicine is a branch of healthcare that resolves and prevents illness with both lifestyle and conventional medical therapies.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) practicing in Vancouver is required to have a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, although most have at least eight years. NDs first complete a standard undergraduate degree covering the basic sciences, followed by four years at an accredited naturopathic medical school. They study sciences and therapies such as nutrition, physical medicine, pharmaceutical medication, herbal medicine, and counselling.
Students must then pass comprehensive national and provincial licensing exams in order to be registered to practice in BC.
This differs from a naturopath in some other parts of the world, who may or may not have received education in one or more branches of naturopathic medicine, but are not always licensed and regulated professionals.
Naturopathic doctors working in Vancouver clinics help their patients achieve a state of optimal health using an array of knowledge and techniques specific to their needs.
What Does Dr Nagra Do as Naturopathic Doctor Do?
Depending on the reason the patient has decided to book an appointment, the naturopathic doctor will gain an understanding of the person’s symptoms by asking about health history, diet, lifestyle and habits (sleep, exercise, etc.), stress levels, and any other relevant information.
After performing relevant physical exams, the naturopathic doctor will set to work on creating and communicating a health plan. This may include a number of different components, specifically drawn up for the individual patient. It may involve lab tests, dietary recommendations, education (so the patient can be empowered by self learning and understand their condition), and/or exercise regimes.
They may also prescribe pharmaceutical medications, herbal medicines, physical therapeutic modalities (therapeutic massage, for example), nutritional supplements or the use of treatments from other complementary branches of medicine.
A patient will follow the recommendations and return for a follow-up. The number of appointments will vary — some patients will only require a few sessions and then occasional health maintenance after that, others will embark on a long journey in order to achieve their ideal health.
Should I See A Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Medicine has persisted as a healing modality for so long because of its broad scope and focus on disease prevention, largely via lifestyle intervention.
There are many benefits to naturopathic medicine. Here are but a few:
- Longer appointments allow for a comprehensive examination of one’s current state of health and the creation of an individualized treatment plan.
- A focus on disease prevention.
- Can help individuals attain their optimal weight through dietary recommendations.
- Can help support physical strength and well-being.
- Extensive knowledge of interactions between medications and supplements.
Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor
Naturopathic medical clinics are found around Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. If you are experiencing symptoms that you would like to understand and address on a deep level, or are curious about how to find and achieve sustained health, please give us a call.
A naturopathic doctor sees patients in a clinical setting. In an initial assessment, they may speak with their patients for much longer than what people might be used to. This assessment will likely cover a range of topics and will depend on the reason the patient is seeking help.
What Approach Does Dr. Nagra Take as a Naturopathic Doctor?
During the initial appointment, Dr. Nagra will gain an understanding of the individual’s health concerns by asking about their medical history, diet, lifestyle (sleep, exercise, etc.), stress levels, and other relevant information.
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Nagra prefers to work in tandem with his patients’ health care team, including their family doctor and other healthcare providers, to ensure his patients receive a thorough and well-rounded treatment plan.
After taking a detailed medical history and performing any necessary physical examinations, Dr. Nagra will create a realistic and attainable health plan customized to each patient’s needs. This could include several different components, potentially involving laboratory tests, dietary recommendations, exercise regimes, and education to empower the patient and provide a deeper understanding of their condition. Naturopathic doctors may also prescribe pharmaceutical medications, physical therapies, and nutritional supplements.
With Dr. Nagra’s recommendations, a patient will follow the prescribed treatment plan and return for a follow-up to assess their progress. The number of appointments vary between patients as some will require just a few sessions with the occasional maintenance appointment, while others will embark on a longer journey to achieve their health goals.
What Type of Education Do Naturopathic Doctors Receive?
Naturopathic medicine is a branch of healthcare that aims to resolve and prevent illness with both lifestyle and conventional medical therapies.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) practicing in Vancouver is required to have a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, although most have at least eight years. Many NDs choose to complete a standard undergraduate degree covering the basic sciences, including Dr. Nagra who received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. This is followed by four years at an accredited naturopathic medical school, such as the Boucher Institute, Dr. Nagra’s alma mater. They study sciences and therapies such as nutrition, physical medicine, pharmaceutical medication, and counselling.
Following their naturopathic medical studies, students must then pass comprehensive national and provincial licensing exams to be registered to practice in British Columbia (BC). Naturopathic studies differ in other parts of the world, as not all “naturopaths” receive education in one or more branches of naturopathic medicine and may not be considered licensed and regulated professionals like they are in BC.
From therapies targeting nutrition and lifestyle modifications to prescribing medication, Dr. Nagra’s evidence-based approach targets heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, digestive issues, and more. Dr. Nagra will help his patients achieve better health using knowledge and techniques specific to their needs.
Should I See a Naturopathic Doctor?
While every naturopathic doctor has a unique style of practice, Dr. Nagra focuses on disease prevention and improved overall health using lifestyle intervention. Specifically, he promotes the benefits of plant-based nutrition to achieve and maintain good health.
When transitioning to a plant-based diet, patients can benefit from seeing a naturopathic doctor, such as Dr. Nagra. This not only helps his patients ease into a new way of eating, but it also includes a full review of their diets to ensure nutritional adequacy. To provide a comprehensive examination of a patient’s health and create an individualized treatment plan, appointments with Dr. Nagra tend to be longer than those with other health care providers.
Through a combination of lifestyle modifications and medicine, Dr. Nagra’s evidence-based approach will help treat and prevent chronic illnesses. From increased energy levels and improved heart health to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, healthy weight loss, reduced inflammation, injury prevention, and more, Dr. Nagra’s naturopathic treatments can target a wide range of ailments. Backed by science and continuously reviewed, Dr. Nagra’s practices offer a well-rounded approach to improve his patients’ health.