Vancouver’s Plant-Based Naturopathic Doctor
As a primary care provider, Dr. Nagra applies the latest research in nutrition, physical therapies, and medicine to address his patient's health concerns. In particular, he focuses 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 various treatment modalities 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.
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.
What Does Dr Nagra Do as Naturopathic Doctor Do?
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.
Dr. Nagra incorporates nutrition counselling, with a particular focus on plant-based nutrition into his practice, as a fundamental modality of naturopathic medicine, basing his recommendations on the best available science. By considering patients' health history and specific needs, he tailors solutions to each individual, while aiming to address everything from chronic illnesses, such as heart disease to digestive issues.
He has helped numerous patients achieve better health through lifestyle interventions, such as adopting a plant-based diet. Given his expertise in the area, he also helps ensure that people who are new to a plant-based lifestyle are getting all the nutrition their bodies need, including during pregnancy and throughout childhood.
Whether you are new to plant-based nutrition or seeking to improve your diet, Dr. Nagra's expertise will guide you to improved health and wellness.
What Does a Naturopathic Doctor Help With?
Our Vancouver naturopathic medical clinic, led by Dr. Matthew Nagra, offers a comprehensive, holistic healthcare approach addressing a wide range of health conditions. As a naturopathic doctor, he treats people of all ages, backgrounds, and conditions, helping them attain their personal health goals. He has a particular passion for combining lifestyle-based interventions with life-saving medical treatment.
Whether through clinical nutrition (e.g., plant-based diets) or medical interventions, Dr. Nagra’s primary goal is to create an effective treatment plan tailored to each patient's needs. All while taking an evidence-based approach to ensure patients have the greatest chance of reaching their health goals. In this community, we tackle your health concerns together.
Our Vancouver naturopathic clinic offers guidance and expertise to address the following health concerns:
- Cardiovascular disease (including coronary heart disease)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes mellitus
- Physical injuries
- Chronic pain management
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Food sensitivities
- Food and seasonal allergies
- Migraine headaches
- Weight management
- Stress management
- Hair loss
- Inadequate nutrition
- And more
Why Should You Choose Dr. Nagra as Your Naturopathic Doctor?
Dr. Nagra blends lifestyle interventions and evidence-based medicine to deliver personalized, effective treatments that empower you to take control of your health and wellness.
What to Expect When You Visit Dr. Nagra’s Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic?
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' healthcare 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 counseling.
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.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Right For Me?
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 healthcare 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.
Dr. Matthew Nagra – Your Local Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Matthew Nagra, a naturopathic doctor based in Vancouver, BC, was drawn to his profession through personal health challenges.
Growing up in Qualicum Beach, he battled asthma, allergies, and weight management, but it was his transition to a plant-based diet that catalyzed a significant health improvement and forged his career path.
With a particular passion for plant-based/ vegan nutrition, chronic disease treatment, and physical medicine, Dr. Nagra provides a well-rounded, holistic approach to help his patients reach their health goals.
Through naturopathic treatment, patients discover the root cause of their symptoms and regain control over their health.
Locations We Serve
Always striving to be one of the best naturopathic clinics in Vancouver, Dr. Nagra is proud to offer his services to local communities.
He serves patients from East Vancouver, Mount Pleasant, Fairview, Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, and Point Grey all the way to Downtown Vancouver, Coal Harbour, Yaletown, Gastown, the West End, and beyond in his clinic space at Tonume Integrated Health on Commercial Drive.