Food as Medicine...What the Heck Does That Mean?

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week! What is Naturopathic Medicine? I had the same question once upon a time. Even though I am a licensed family nurse practitioner, I wasn't quite sure what other types of physicians existed outside of an MD when I started my career in the medical field. I fully support our Western medical system for the most part, but I wish we had a better approach to holistic care. People want and need more support to achieve daily wellness. If you are looking for more information on using food as medicine, stress, or endocrine management, here's some information from Dr. Monica Vagela, ND to help you learn more about Naturopathic Medicine!

This guest contribution is authored by Monica Vaghela, ND.

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week! Let me tell you a little bit about me and what I do. I’m Dr. Monica Vaghela and I am a Naturopathic Doctor. Growing up, my mom would make me Golden Milk when I was sick and seeds to calm my tummy ache. I was raised using mostly natural, Ayurvedic remedies for common illnesses, and because of this, I have always had an interest in a holistic approach to medicine.

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and continued on to Tempe, AZ to pursue my career at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, from where I graduated with my medical degree. A licensed naturopathic doctor attended an accredited naturopathic medical school and passed their boards.

As a naturopathic physician, I recognize that nutritional and emotional health tie in together for overall well-being. I use an integrative approach in care by looking at the whole person and finding the root cause. Finding the root cause means digging deeper into the medical history and doing extensive testing. Some of the testing that we may do include blood work, stool analysis, urine analysis, and/or saliva hormone testing.

Patient education is very important to me, and I spend time ensuring that the patient understands the reasoning behind the illness. My approach is "food is medicine" and utilize nutritional guidance in combination with high-quality supplementation to help patients achieve their health goals.

I use my Ayurvedic upbringing in my practice with a focus on the treatment of thyroid disorders and hormone imbalances. I also treat anxiety, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and eczema. Gastrointestinal health and stress management is ALWAYS a part of my health assessment, as that is a huge part of Ayurvedic medicine.


I offer a free 15-minute discovery call for all new patients to discover if I would be the best doctor for their health concerns. If this sounds like a good fit, then check out the clinic website at or give me a call at (704) 543-5540.


Dr. Vaghela completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina­-Charlotte and continued on to Tempe, AZ to pursue her career at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, from where she graduated with her medical degree. She moved back to the Charlotte area with her husband and their dog. In her spare time, Dr. Vaghela enjoys spending time with her loved ones, hiking, and reading.

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