Vancouver’s Plant-Based Naturopathic Doctor
Matthew Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor and is a passionate advocate for the power of evidence-based nutrition as medicine. After struggling with various health issues throughout his childhood, he turned to a plant-based diet, which improved several of his health concerns. Since then he's been spending the majority of his free time researching the topic and seeking further education through the likes of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Now through social media, public speaking, his volunteer work with Nutritionfacts.org, and his clinical practice, he aims to educate others on how they too can improve their health like he did years ago.
What 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 a 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
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.
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.
Vancouver’s Plant-Based Naturopathic Doctor
Matthew Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor and is a passionate advocate for evidence-based nutrition as medicine. After struggling with various health issues throughout his childhood, he turned to a plant-based diet, which improved nearly every health concern he had. Since then he's been spending the majority of his free time researching the topic and seeking further education through the likes of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Now through social media, public speaking, his volunteer work with Nutritionfacts.org, and his clinical practice, he aims to educate others on how they too can improve their health like he did years ago.