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Waking up at 2am | Ask Dr. Liliane


Why do I often wake up at 2:00 in the morning? Sometimes I can go back to sleep but sometimes I cannot or will stay awake for a long time.


Two o’clock in Chinese medicine is right in the middle of “Liver time” which goes from 1:00 to 3:00 in the morning. I would say 80% insomnia patterns fit into that pattern.

Organ hourly clock:

  • 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM : Gallbladder time
  • 1:00 Am-3: 00 AM: Liver time
  • 3:00AM-5:00 AM : Lung time
  • 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM : Large Intestine time

Those hours correspond to a biological clock of inner organ recharge. At night, those organs need to be nourished by deep Yin and Blood. For our Liver Tree in particular, there is a need for recharging its “sap” in the form of Blood and Yin water (Our liver filters one liter and a half of blood every minute). If, for any reason, we are too Yang and too fiery, our spirit, like a plane that cannot land, continues to swirl and get exhausted -  unable to find a resting place and reach its airport to recharge fuel and batteries.

The reasons?:

  1. The most obvious is
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Different Types of Fasting and Recipes

Here is an excerpt from our booklet “Spring cooking, Liver cleansing” where you will find many tools as well as recipes to guide you into a process of liver cleansing that fits your needs.

The Different types of fasting

  1. Fruit Juice Fasting -  Fruit juice fasting is very common and is often based, although not exclusively, on apple juice (diluted in water)
    • Advantages: fruit sugar gives you energy, usually helps avoid serious detox symptoms, which is why you might often find a combination of hiking and fasting, very common in France and Europe.
    • Drawbacks: not the best solution for diabetics or for those who are hypoglycemic; not a good solution either for people suffering from candida. Fruit juice fasting often exacerbates sugar cravings at the end of the fast, thus erasing the advantages of the weight loss for example. Sugar craving is a common phenomenon reported by those who go on a “grape diet”, popular in France for instance. The detox symptoms are less important but the changes are also less profound.
  2. Green Juice fasting -  Usually a combination of celery juice and cucumber juice in equal amounts. One also adds some leafy greens in lesser quantity (parsley,
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Spring Cleansing | What to do and not to do

All over the world, people seem to agree on at least one principle : Spring is a time of inner cleansing and renewal. Lent time is the Christian remnant tradition, Pessah’ the Jewish one and Ramadan the Arabic one . We find spring cleansing rituals in many other traditions as well, from Celtic to American Indian.They all involve a relationship to a form of food restriction and cleansing of body and environment.

Chinese medicine helps us to relate spring time to our Liver and Gallbladder energy, something, again that people seem to know intuitively in most parts of the world. Let’s fast forward to today. What can we do to support liver cleansing? How can we fit those spring rituals into our busy lives?


  1. Assess your needs and resources truthfully and realistically. Have you done fasting before? Is it your first fast? Can you take time off from work or not? What obligations do you have in your life? Can you have support and do you need it?
    • These questions are important in that they will enable you to determine the kind of spring and liver cleansing that you can choose. Cleansing
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Eco-Medicine: Taking Care of Our Inner Tree

Spring and Liver Cleansing


Liver Cleanse

Have you ever wondered why, all over the world, spring is considered a “cleaning” season and people choose that particular time to do an inner cleansing as well?

Do you know that, in Chinese medicine, spring is associated with Liver functions ? Liver and Gallbladder energy are ascribed “Tree” and “Wood” energy.

Why, you might ask.

The ancient Taoists might not have known the word “ecology” but their whole philosophy and medical principles were based on it, not just as a poetic image but as a deep understanding of how our body and nature interact and how each one is contained within the other one.

How can that knowledge help us?

It is my deep conviction that this ancient model of medicine is more than ever necessary and adapted to our times. Cutting our forests like we are doing is, literally, cutting the brand on which we are sitting. Our livers are suffering as much as our trees and forests are.

If we reconnect to that deep image of the Tree and its significance, we can glean from it not only a deep understanding of our Liver and

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Raw Pecan Pie Recipe



  • 21/2 cup of dried cashews
  • 1/8 tsp of salt


  • Place in a food processor to turn it into a soft crumb (do not let it get oily)
  • Press with your hand into a pie shell
  • Set aside


  • 1 cup of soaked and dehydrated pecans
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of coconut nectar
  • 11/2 cup soft pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp of almond extract
  • 1 pinch of cayenne(optional)


  • Place the pecans in a food processor and turn into a fine crumb
  • Add remaining ingredients and turn into a paste
  • Place into the pie shell and refrigerate

Topping: (prepare 2 days ahead)

  • 2 cups of soaked and towel dried pecans
  • 1/2 cup or more agave syrup (or choice)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • Mix together in a bowl
  • Place on a teflex sheet
  • Let dry at 105 for at list 12hours or till totally dry
  • Arrange in a circle on top of the pie.
Holiday Message from Liliane and Didier

Happy New Year to all of our dear friends!

Happy New Year to all Earthlings on a little Blue Planet!

Didier and I are busy packing and juggling the numerous challenges that come with an international move. We have both recently become Americans and have lived in the States for over 40 years. Our roots have remained French of course. I have also lived 6 years in Japan and quite a bit in China, so this move is reminding me that, more than ever, we are at a time of ever-increasing global awareness that includes all of us as citizens of our little blue planet. Ecological problems are international and know no walls nor boundaries.

I have kept a clear memory from my travels in China, in Xishuangbanna, near the Thai border. I was truly amazed at how suddenly we had stepped into into a different century. A land of amazing beauty, men and women still wearing century old ethnic clothing with intricate embroidery and patterns. Little black piglets were running free in the villages. Hardly any traffic, difficult access to villages on dirt roads. Yes, we were far away from civilization, or so it seemed. Yet I was struck

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The holiday season is upon us, again! This is a time when we embrace family, friends neighbors and of course, rich fatty food, damaging our liver, arteries and heart. We never learn do we? So I thought to give you a gift of health for this Holiday season.

This recipe, is easy, fat free, and can be around the table everywhere you go during this Holiday Season. The sour taste of cranberry increase bile production, breaking down the fat and promoting a healthy liver. Orange zest can reduce stomach stagnation, for those days when there is no more space to put food in your body. Ginger will stimulate the digestive fire to activate good digestion. While the pomegranates are a great tonic for the heart.

So here you have it, less guilt, more health and happy happy Holiday Season!!!


  • 3 to 4 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of agave syrup (how sweet do you like it? you can always add more at the end)
  • 4 to 6 soft dates
  • 3/4 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup zest of fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of ginger juice


  • Pulse all the
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Raw Carrot Cake

The following recipe is taken from the new ebook on liver and gallbladder health, titled Spring Cooking | Liver Cleansing.


  • 3 cups carrot pulp
  • 1 cup of buckwheat flour from dehydrated, sprouted seeds; (do not use regular flour as this is an unbaked pie. As a substitute, you may use soaked oatmeal; check bread recipe above for more info)
  • ½ cup of pecan or walnut meal (it will taste so much better from whole soaked and dehydrated nuts ground in a coffee grinder)
  • ½ cup of pecans or walnuts pulsed into small pieces in your food processor (optional)
  • ½ cup soaked raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup of puréed dates (you can soak them to make them soft, dispose of the soaking water, and run them through a food processor)
  • 1 cup dried pineapple (soaked and puréed with the dates)
  • 1 grated apple
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1½ tsp dry ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • In a food processor, place the carrot pulp (or oats if using them) and pulse to break it down. Add 1 or 2 Tbsp of water to make the pulp moist
  • Add all the spices, dates, and
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I am grateful that I took up Shawngela's 21-day gratitude challenge indeed! I loved it.

Mind you, I did not do it perfectly and I was not a star student. I did not write things down, nor did I always come up with 5 things as suggested; sometimes just 2 or 3. Nevertheless, in this busy time of my life, the quotes chosen by Shawngela and her suggestions to look at what to be grateful for on a consistent basis gave a "color" to my days and a way of looking at the half full glass as well as the half empty!

Even when things were often difficult or stressful; Shawngela's gratitude challenge hovered like a daily fresh breeze, helping me to breathe deeper and open my heart.

Thank you Shawngela for helping me flex those muscles of smile and gratitude! They do need practice and the whole soul responds and loves it.

Take the Gratitude Challenge too! You will not regret it!

Buckwheat Crepes or Pancakes

Recipe from Didier's ebook, What's for Breakfast?


  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 4 cups sprouted buckwheat (check buckwheaties recipe)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 ½ cups water or nut milk
  • 2 droppers vanilla stevia
  • ¾ cup ground flax or chia seeds
  • 2-3 TBSP lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • Vanilla to taste


  • Place the coconut oil, ½ cup of the water, salt and stevia in your blender and blend into a smooth cream, using the blender at its full speed setting
  • Place the sprouted buckwheat, lemon and the rest of the water in your food processor; Blend until creamy, similar to porridge.
  • In a mixing bowl pour both the coconut cream and buckwheat cream and whisk together; add the coconut oil first, then the flax or chia to your mixture
  • Let sit for 15 to 20 min
  • Place 5 small scoops each on a teflex sheet that you will spread into pancakes about circles about ½ inch thick
  • Dehydrate for 4 hours at 115
  • Remove from the teflex sheet, place directly unto the tray and dehydrate 4 more hours;
  • The crepes should remain pliable and moist; check often to see as different conditions might alter the results slightly Variations
  • Fold in
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Patagonia Community Clinic is Closing

Patagonia Community Acupuncture is closing August 11th

I am sad indeed to have to be closing. Our clinic has been a wonderful, vibrant place of healing and community. Working with Leticia and Bethany at the clinic has also been a blessing. So many friends met along the way.

As most of you know, I am gone almost 4 months a year to France for teaching. Juggling both places is becoming increasingly difficult, in spite of Gisa’s wonderful help to try to keep things going when I am gone. My work in France is calling me more and more as my book is gently opening new doors (A translation is a work in progress but it has been started as I found a great American translator in Paris.)

Didier and I are leaving for a number of reasons, some professional but also some personal and family related. We do not intend to leave the US completely though and, God willing, are planning to come back two or three months a year.

Online Consultations

Please keep in mind that while I have not found a way to do acupuncture long distance laughing,  I do offer online consultations for herbal and dietary recommendations. Learn

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Pickled Celery Recipe


For some of you, lacto-fermentation is new. Just like our body is composed of trillions of cells, there are as many (if not more) bacteria inside our digestive system, our mouth and our skin.

If the “bad” bacteria outnumber the good ones, disease prevails. Good bacteria control our digestive system and strengthen our immune system. In Chinese medicine, our large intestine is connected to our Lung while the small intestine is connected to our Heart. Both immunity and cardiovascular health therefore begin in our guts.

Bad bacteria enter the body through contaminated foods, wounds, pollution and drugs (like antibiotics that kill all bacteria, including the good ones. This is why it is so important to regenerate our intestinal flora after a round of antibiotics and, preferably, use them only when absolutely necessary)

We bring good bacteria in with the help of probiotics.

Good bacteria probiotics like lactobacillus are present on the surface of all plants, in our guts, and in our mouth. They convert sugars into lactic acids, a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.

PrEbiotics help the proliferation of good bacteria already existing in our guts, and are better assimilated in the form of supplements

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womens hormonal wellness retreat


Do you experience any of the following?

This retreat is for you!

  • Mood swings or Irritability
  • Hot Flashes
  • Weight Gain
  • Sugar or Salt cravings
  • Night Sweats
  • Loss of Libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Hair loss or thinning

Why Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies.Chinese Medicine addresses hormonal balancing from a different perspective than traditional allopathic medicine. When we link the best of both worlds, we get a very thorough map for healing. For instance, in Chinese Medicine, hot flashes are considered forms of trapped heat often caused by overactive livers. Western science tells us that the liver regulates sex hormones, estrogen in particular. The map of the chakra, linked to acupressure points, points to the solar plexus and emotional and spiritual issues of personal power.The tools of Chinese Medicine enable us to design a protocol of herbs, acupressure, food therapy, qigong and meditation to balance the organs that are the root of the problem. 

Oriental philosophy offers a medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years and already knew to address all aspects of mind, body and spirit. as a whole. Through the lens of Chinese

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New ebook on Liver and Gallbladder Health

Fantastic Spring Cooking Liver Cleansing booklet

with Dr Papin and Chef Didier Cuzange

Filled with information, this booklet provides great recipes to keep our Liver happy. It also provides a solid and simple theoretical handle of the Chinese medicine approach to Liver and Gallbladder health. Spring cooking refers to the association of our liver functions to the spring season; but also to the inner spring of our steps, bodies and spirit provided by a healthy liver with its promise of youthful energy through constant cleansing, renewal and growth.

In this booklet, you will find an array of cooked as well as raw plant-based recipes; description of various fasting and cleansing methods; simple “how to” guides for sprouting and fermentation; recipes for vegetal cheeses and non dairy-yogurts; and great desserts. This is a booklet packed with goodness and links health to delight for our taste buds and liver.

Purchase now for only $10!

Beets for Liver Health


  • Beets have many health benefits. Chinese medicine considers that they nourish liver blood, which is hardly surprising given their color. That means that they are good for anemia and for replenishing and cleansing the blood of a tired and toxic liver. For that purpose though, the beets need to be in a liquid form, either juice or soup.
  • Beets are also a unique source of phytonutrients, they have many anti-inflammatory properties and they provide great support for detox; 1 or 2oz of juice a week are sufficient to make a difference.
  • Beets contain a high concentration of betalain (pigment red or yellow that makes a natural dye), which are natural anti-oxidants and protect the liver from toxins among a long list of many health benefits
  • Do not throw away the greens: they offer even a higher concentration of phytonutrients! As you can see, beets are a great ally of our liver functions!


  • When you go to France beets are almost always served cooked and it is actually the most common way you find them in grocery stores: cooked and packaged, greens thrown away of course. It is always a treat to find them in their
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