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Waking up at 2am | Ask Dr. Liliane

Question

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.

Answer

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?

GOLDEN RULE : USE WISDOM AND KNOW YOURSELF!

  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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It's time for another Qigong Challenge! Starting March 6th, Dr. Liliane Papin will be teaching you how to enhance your immune system, detox your liver and make yourself younger and stronger. 

Open to All

No previous experience is required, only an open-mind. Come on out and learn this 5,000 year old tradition for health improvement.

For those who have attended a Qigong challenge in the past, many of the moves will be familiar to you. Dr. Liliane, will review and deepen work on the lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys.  

Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from March 6 - 22nd
Hours: 7am - 8am
Location: Town Park, Patagonia, AZ

 

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East West Holistic Medicine is hosting Soul 2 Soul for a Gong Energy Healing Session. Come experience the healing vibrations in a small, more intimate setting. Allow your body, mind and Soul to release stress and worry and bathe in the waves of Sacred Sound as Siri B takes you on a journey through the tones of the Gong.

Bring your mat or blanket and any other supports you need for comfort. This space is small and the event books quickly; please confirm via the event page or contact Soul 2 Soul or East West Holistic Medicine. Although this session is by suggested donation of $10.00; we encourage you to pay what you can to support the work of East West Holistic Medicine and Soul 2 Soul. 

Day: Dec. 1st
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Contact: 520-415-4156

 

Come Join Dr. Liliane Papin for this 4-day study group. Walk away with the tools you need to heal yourself with Chinese Medicine

Dates

  • Sunday February 7th
  • Sunday February 14th
  • Sunday February 21st
  • Sunday February 28th

Time

  • 4 - 6pm

Location

  • East West Holistic Medicine Center in Patagonia (277 McKeown Avenue)

Topics/Format 

This study group is designed to be open in style. Dr. Papin will be there to answer questions and depending on the interest of the class, will either provide structured lectures on specific topics or answer your questions. 

  • Bring your medical or health questions
  • Bring your case-studies
  • Bring your questions about qigong
  • Come prepared to learn from a Chinese Medicine perspectice

Price

This is a donation-based course.