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About Naturimedica

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Naturimedica is a holistic health and wellness hub established by Joanna Sochan – Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Reiki Practitioner. She is committed to helping her clients transform their lives by becoming healthy and well naturally. Joanna established Naturimedica to provide holistic, personalised health and wellbeing solutions in a supportive environment, and to make available important health information that may not be readily accessible from conventional sources and the media. With an online resource as well as a natural medicine clinic, her aim is to make natural good health available to everyone, wherever they happen to be.

Joanna Sochan
Joanna SochanHolistic Health & Wellness Practitioner
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist
Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert

ABOUT JOANNA SOCHAN

My passion for natural medicine grew from my own experiences. I had a 20-year career in the corporate sector which was very successful – and also very stressful. The daily stresses accumulated over time and I started to feel tired then exhausted, experienced brain fog, felt anxious and depressed, suffered from bad insomnia and felt overwhelmed even by small tasks or minor obstacles.

I suffered significant health problems as a result and, when conventional treatments had little effect, I began researching and applying various natural ways of healing such as wholefood nutrition, purified water, high quality supplements and herbs, and lifestyle changes such as adequate rest and daily relaxation time.

Soon I saw positive results and improvements. I consulted with a wise Naturopath who suggested a few key lab tests which confirmed a severe case of adrenal fatigue as well as major digestive issues such as intestinal parasites and gut flora imbalances that were impacting multiple body systems. She skilfully guided me through an 18-month long treatment to correct the imbalances overtime and allow the body to heal.

Seeing and experiencing dramatic positive changes in my health and energy levels, I became inspired and highly motivated to study natural medicine and eventually became a natural medicine practitioner myself! Now I’d like to share my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for natural remedies, nutrition, lifestyle medicine and other natural health solutions, as highly effective methods to get well and stay healthy long-term.

While I fully respect and appreciate conventional medicine and I liaise with many wonderful doctors and nurses, I see exciting potential for a natural approach to work either alongside conventional medicine or on its own, as required by clients and their circumstances. This method ensures my clients obtain benefits of both worlds and, as a result, their recovery rates and enjoyment of life increase significantly.

Having assisted many individuals in regaining their health, I believe that care, respect and empathy are as important in healing as any scientific tools, drugs or natural remedies, as is taking the time to listen to their stories.

Having focused on fatigue, gut disorders and skin problems in clinical practice, I dedicate a lot of time researching and constantly educating myself in everything I can about these conditions, effective natural treatments and conventional medicine approaches.

I see a great need to assist and support a growing number of clients suffering from adrenal dysfunction, chronic fatigue, excessive stress, lack of sleep and anxiety often accompanied by gut disorders such as IBS, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), constipation, diarrhoea, intestinal parasites or heartburn (reflux).

Whilst I aim to apply evidence-based methods where possible, I also listen to what clients say about their experiences and symptoms and rely on my clinical experience as well traditional/ empirical methods of applying natural medicines, backed by intuition and insight. Check out the Conditions I have special interest and training in to learn how I can help with your health concerns.

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine), Charles Sturt University
  • Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine   |   Diploma of Nutrition Certificate of Iridology, Australasian College of Natural Therapies   
  • The Kalish Method Functional Medicine Program (Level 1 Cert) / Kalish Method in Australia    
  • Certified GAPSTM Practitioner (CGP), GAPSTM  Australia
  •  Reiki Practitioner (Gendai Reiki)  |   PSYCH-K® Facilitator
  •  Member, Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  •  Member, Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)
  •  Member, Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)
  •  Other education: Master of Engineering (Industrial and Management)  |  Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Studies, University of NSW
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CLIENT EXPERIENCES

“Joanna is the definition of a perfect balance in her holistic approach to health care. She is grounded in the science of naturopathy, herbal remedies and nutrition; as well as bringing her warm and caring approach. Joanna’s passion for her work extends not only to face-to-face appointments, but ‘keep in touch’ emails, her website and regular newsletters. She also embodies radiance in her own health and personality! I would not hesitate to recommend Joanna to guide you on your journey to health, healing and happiness”.

Laura 28, School Counselor

“Over the past two years, Joanna has been my naturopath and consultant on all things relevant to my health and wellness. I have found her advice and consultations invaluable, as she has been able to improve many of my illnesses and ailments including: stress, menopause, and general unwellness due to an overactive (and often over-indulgent) lifestyle. What I appreciate most about Joanna is that her advice is evidence-based. As a PhD candidate in medicine, I am very sceptical about those who don’t do their research, and I find that Joanna presents the facts and the latest research in natural therapies. She has a lovely personality as well, which makes her an effective and pleasing person to partner with in keeping me healthy and well.”

Victoria, Academic
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