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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


St. Valentine's Day Special

Get a gift certificate for massage, treatment, cupping or home-made chocolate goodies!!!

February 2017 promises to be a Fire month! it is marked both by St Valentine, love Fire day, and by the Chinese New Year, starting January 28th, which this year is a year of the Rooster, a Fire sign according to the Chinese zodiac. The Heart, in Chinese Medicine, also belongs to Fire energy.

From an energetic point of view, we all know that Fire is a positive radiating energy that brings warmth, love and reaches out to others. No fire ever keeps its warmth for itself. It naturally spreads. Its positive heart qualities in human beings therefore are love, enthusiasm, generosity, zest for life and gentle joy and compassion. Fire is also a purifying energy as we know when we burn anything we want to get rid of. Scorching is a way for the earth to renew itself. Fire can burn obstacles, boundaries and knows no frontiers. Fire purification ceremonies or simple “cleaning up” are therefore good practices to get rid of clutter in our environments and hearts.

When Fire is out of control however, as we also well know, it brings destruction. Fire is a

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Raw Strawberry Covered Chocolate


For your Valentine’s Day, we have your perfect, delicious and healthy, organic and raw chocolate truffles and brownies; Come treat yourself or your loved ones with the gift of yumminess without the guilt!

For a perfect package, get a massage, a relaxing treatment of acupuncture or cupping (gift certificates are available), come and experience much needed relaxation, care and compassion from our friendly staff and top it off with a delicious treat!

Have you ever made strawberry covered chocolate? Here is your chance! Easy, good and perfect for your sweet Valentine!



  • Melt 2oz of cacao butter
  • Add 1 tsp of sunflower lecithin (whisk in) or 2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • Whisk in 1/2 cup of raw cacao (run it thru a sieve to break the lumps)
  • Add 2 tbsp of coconut nectar or agave syrup
  • You can add 1 tsp of vanilla or 2 drop of peppermint essential oil


  • Keep it warm, so it does not get hard;
  • Wash a whole pint of fresh strawberries and dry them very well
  • Holding each one by the tail, dip half way into the chocolate sauce.
  • Cover a plate with
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raw vegan stuffing

Christmas is right around the corner, already! and maybe you have not planned your dinner, or maybe you are going to a party and need something good, easy and nutritious to balance the craziness of the season!  So here I propose a great raw vegan stuffing with the gravy in tow if you like.

Merry Christmas from The team of East West Holistic!



  • 4 cups of mixed nuts of your choice ( almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, raw and alive)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup grated butternut squash
  • 1 grated apple
  • 1/2 diced red onion (optional)
  • 1 or 2 cloves chopped garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cup fresh chopped mushrooms(like oyster, portabellos etc…)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dry sage
  • 2 tsp fresh or dry thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh or dry oregano
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 or 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chick pea miso


December 23, evening (on the first day of Christmas)

  • Soak your nuts and seeds before going to bed, and let them sit on your counter all night

December 24, morning

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Gong energy healing jana white raven siri bir patagonia az

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

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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  • Feeling irritable and moody? "Oh! It must be my hormones."
  • Gaining weight? "My hormones must not be working properly."
  • Hot flashes? "My hormones are really out of whack."
  • Sugar, salt cravings? "My hormones are off again…they make me want to eat anything in sight."
  • Difficult period? Homonal imbalance....
  • Rough menopause? My hormonal changes feel like a tsunami!

That’s the litany I hear from my women patients to the point that I swear I can sometimes visualize little hormones with wings flying in the ether, a bit like Eros, sending arrows to make women’s lives miserable.


It was those comments from so many women that led me to the upcoming Women’s Hormonal Wellness Retreat where we are going to define and demystify those tricky little hormones and find ways how we can make peace with them and turn them into friends as opposed to pestering nuisance. A fantastic and beautiful journey into the deep and rich anatomy of our female bodies.

We are lucky to live at a time when we can access Eastern wisdom together with modern science, today and yesterday’s knowledge, an amazing crossroad where we can pick the best of both worlds and find many pearls of

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A delicious dessert with sea vegetables???? Yes, it is possible…read on

strawberry kanten 2


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries (2 ½ cup)
  • 2 cups apple juice (fresh if you can)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4tbsp agar flakes
  • ⅛ tsp salt


  1. Puree ½ the strawberries and save the best looking ones for garnish.Put aside
  2. Place the juice, agar flakes and water in a saucepan, simmer 5mn or till dissolved (cool about 20mn)
  3. Mix the juice/agar mixture with the strawberry puree
  4. Place in a 8x8 mold and garnish with the fresh strawberries. once the agar has hardened enough


  • Change fruit and juice combination to your liking and according to fruit available in season in your area
  • For more sweetness increase the ratio juice to water or add a few drops of stevia or your favorite sweetener
  • For a creamier consistency replace the juice with almond milk and 1 or 2 Tbsp nut butter (you will need ½ cup of coconut nectar or other sweetener of your choice) 

Recipe from New ebook, Where is the Calcium, by Dr. Liliane Papin and Didier Cuzange.

Sweating sunSummer heat is wonderful: it is an expansive energy that makes us want to go outside, get up early or stay up late to enjoy morning and evening freshness...midsummer nights, in particular, as Shakespeare well knew, vibrate with magic...fireflies are dancing, it is warm and pleasant. Evenings are long and lend themselves to social gatherings. Everywhere we see picnics, people travel and go to the beach or the mountains, seeking both freshness and ways to enjoy this special time of year.

Like any season or climate, though, summer heat has both positive and negative aspects and is considered one the six external and climatic pathogens in Chinese Medicine. It belongs to the energy of Fire, that can weaken the Heart when out of control. Symptoms of Summer Heat ? diarrhea (often called “explosive diarrhea”) and digestive upsets are the most common. Summer heat can easily spoil food, in particular meat and fish. It is also easy to get caught in a summer storm and suddenly get chilled. People who leave for long hikes without preparedness might suffer from that. We can see that easily in the Western desert in higher altitudes where there is such a difference between day or

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raw avocado cucumber soup

It is this time of year, the heat is raging...let’s crank up the air conditioner, let’s fill up the freezer with ice cream, keep the beer on ice, bring on the icy cold sugary sodas and drinks...right?

All those practices of our modern world actually have the opposite effect of what we are looking for!

The expression “cool as a cucumber” is a smart one as it gives us a direction as to the foods that are more likely to achieve that result...foods high in water content that can rehydrate us; You saw a few of them above.

  • Eat plenty of cucumbers, celery or zucchini (great source of manganese to protect from free radicals, and sun damage)
  • Indulge in all the leafy greens, also high in water content, they will help keep you hydrated during those dreadful summer days!


  • 2 peeled and seeded organic cucumbers
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of chick pea miso
  • juice of one lime
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper corn
  • 1 handful fresh dill and mint

Place all ingredients in a blender and make a smooth cream; taste and adjust the flavors to your liking.Serve chilled

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raw vanilla cookies 2


  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (soaked 4 hours and dehydrated for 10 hours at 105 or till dry)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds(same process as Sunflower)
  • 1 cup sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat
  • 2 tbsp of coconut crystal
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil


  • Place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and ground them into a fine crumb.
  • Add the coconut nectar and oil plus 1 or 2 tbsp of water to make a thick dough.
  • Roll between 2 teflex sheets, 1/2 inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter of your choice.
  • Place in the dehydrator at 105 for 12 hours.
  • Keep dry and away from light for a week or 2.

French Translation



  • ½ tasse de graines de tournesol (trempées 4 heures et séchées au déshydrater pendant 10 heures à 40° ou jusqu’à ce qu’elles soient sèches. Vous pouvez utiliser le four à la plus basse température, porte ouverte et en vérifiant souvent la température
  • ½ tasse de graines de courge(même procédé)
  • 1 tasse de sarrasin germé et déshydraté (même procédé
  • 2 cuillers à soupe de flocons de
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  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Arrhythmia,tachycardia or bradycardia
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration and memory
  • Stroke
  • Cardio-vascular accidents

These are some of the all too common symptoms or diseases that refer to our heart and its’ physical or emotional suffering. Actually, within the Oriental model, you cannot distinguish between the two. A broken heart is a reality and hurts our heart organ. A weak heart will make it more difficult to withstand emotional challenges. In the Oriental model, our heart houses our “Shen” or spirit and is always affected by all our emotions while all of our emotions are affected by the health of our heart.

We know from all of our cardiology wards today, that meat, saturated fats, cheese, greasy foods and alcohol are common culprits damaging the delicate drum within our chest. Hearts like light vibrations. They enjoy rivers of blood that flow easily and nourish them with that nutrient rich red color that is the color of a vibrant and healthy heart.

Emotionally, our hearts resonate with warmth, gentle joy, love and zest for life. Oriental medicine associates our hearts with the Fire energy. Our hearts are literally the suns of our body’s inner planetary system. Because they are our inner

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Strengthen your Cardiovascular System

3-week Challenge in the Park

qigong for heartCome join us for another Qigong Challenge. Starting May 30th until June 17, 2016. Meet us in the Patagonia Park from 7am to 8am.

This is a FREE Event!

What is Qigong

Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps regain vitality, maintain health even into old age and speed recovery from illness. If you are experiencing palpitations, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and insomnia or sleep disturbances, there are some Qigong Heart exercises which can help improve your heart and circulation.

Qigong is for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a chair if mobility is an issue.


raw tuna salad

  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds (raw and soaked 4 hours)
  • 1/2 cup sweet almonds (raw and soaked 8 hours)
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of dulse flakes
  • 3 tbsp kelp powder
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 branches of celery (chopped very fine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup of fresh dill or 1tbsp of dry dill
  • 1 tbsp of spicy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp of turmeric
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

In a food processor place the almonds and sunflower, and grind to get a fine crumble. Add salt, pepper, avocado, turmeric, oil,sea vegetables, mustard and lemon; process some more to incorporate all ingredients, transfer into a bowl and fold in the parsley, dill and celery. Adjust the seasoning to your liking, keep refrigerated for 3 to 4 days.

NOTE: Serve with a green salad or in a sandwich or as a dip with vegetable stick.  


granola 600 400

The next 2* recipes are for Granola lovers who cannot imagine breakfast without it! You can make it in advance, keep it in jars, or your favorite looking containers! Granola does not need to be refrigerated. As you will discover, nothing warrants the added sugar and the myriad of preservatives and chemicals found in commercial granola. It tastes so much better without them!


  • 4 cups mixed nuts (soaked when appropriate, overnight if you plan to prepare it in the morning, or soaked in the morning if you plan to prepare it in the evening.)
    • Example:
      • 1 cup almond (soaked, about 8 hours)
      • 1 cup of sunflower seeds (soaked, about 4 hours)
      • 1 cup pumpkin seeds( soaked 4 hours)
      • ½ cup walnuts (soaked 8 hours)
      • ½ cup brazil nuts (un-soaked)
  • 1½ TBSP vanilla powder, or 1 TBSP liquid vanilla
  • 1TBsp cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 TBSP mesquite powder (according to your taste and desired sweetness)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2-3 TBSP powdered chia
  • 1 grated apple
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup soaked goji (20 min)
  • 3-4 drops of vanilla stevia (optional if you want extra sweetness and if you like stevia)


  • Place the smaller seeds in a mixing bowl (such as
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Come Join Dr. Liliane Papin for this 4-day study group. Walk away with the tools you need to heal yourself with Chinese Medicine


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


  • 4 - 6pm


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


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


This is a donation-based course. 



plus a bonus recipe!


Who needs to introduce St valentine’s day? The celebration of love and romance. If I could use 3 words to describe it, it would be aphrodisiac, chocolate and flowers! Celebrated in many countries over the world.

However, a little quiz for you…do you know how it all began?

You have to go back to 260 AD, to the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius the second who promulgated an edict that prohibited marriage between young people because he thought that soldiers fought better when not married. This happened to coincide with the time when, on the contrary, the church wanted to encourage people to marry within the Christian faith.

Father Valentine, a Roman priest, took the initiative of performing secret wedding ceremonies to marry young people, against the imperial edict; The emperor did not like it a bit. When poor Valentine was caught, he was imprisoned and tortured like any common criminal. Later he was sentenced to be beaten, stoned and decapitated. As a result he was canonized as a martyr and a saint and became a universal symbol of the power of love.



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A Chinese Medicine Perspective

If the levels of Viagra advertising and sales are any indicator, modern men are still very actively searching for aphrodisiacs. As for women, a few voices have been heard protesting against bias and lack of research to find a female equivalent of Viagra. They want their own!

Our means might be a bit more sophisticated and “scientific” than witchcraft, potions and aphrodisiacs but not by much. Men are willing to risk the health of their heart and overlook the fine print that comes with Viagra. The old age quest remains the same: how to awaken and keep alive that obviously often flickering light of sexuality. Glossy magazines continue to feature regular articles on sexual secrets and never seem to exhaust the topic.

To the risk of sounding rather boring I would like to infuse a few ounces of common sense mixed with a few drops of Chinese Medicine

  1. Health and sexuality go hand in hand. This is the basic tenet and there is no short cut. Lack of energy, lack of breath, fatigue, weak heart, weak lungs and wheezing, constipation or diarrhea, migraines, bloating or acid reflux are all guaranteed killers of any remotely romantic “performance”.
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Make health part of your resolution because it is the center of your life. As we all discover at some point, without it, everything else falls apart…dreams, projects, travels…In French the traditional New Year greeting is “Bonne année, Bonne santé” (Good year, good health). There is much wisdom in that greeting.

The team of East West Holistic Medicine is here to wish you “Bonne année, bonne santé” and support you in achieving “vibrant health”. The ancient Chinese define as health way beyond the mere absence of symptoms…herbal remedies, food therapy, massage, energy work, acupuncture, online consultations, Qi Gong and Yoga…all of it at your disposal!

Make Qi Gong for Kidney part of your 2016 New Year resolution toward health!

human kidneysJoin us on Monday January 11, the day we are beginning our 3 week challenge and practice of Qi Gong for Kidney. Many of you asked for it, you got it!

The event starts at 7:00 in the park, every morning from Monday through Friday, just like before. Well…if it is really cold, we will compromise this time and practice in the Community Center.

This is a Free event!…the third of its kind in

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green smoothie

The holiday season is over. We can exhale for a moment; we have made a pact with ourselves (New Year’s resolutions it is called), we are ready now to go on a new diet and exercise plan, join the gym, eat more fruits and vegetables, and even reduce our consumption of sugar… The reality,though, for most of us, is that those resolutions will last only till the next party, the next holiday, the next birthday (you catch my drift!). Otherwise, making those resolutions every year, we would have succeeded by now, the world would be a happier place with hardly any diseases caused by our eating habits. So what happens to those resolutions? our intent is so strong at the beginning of the year; The truth might be that we want to change too fast, or that our expectations are impossible to live up to.

The Solution:

I am a firm believer that a little change will go a long way, so I have chosen to give you a green smoothie for this new year as a resolution that you can easily keep. Something very simple, delicious, nutritive, and cleansing that does not require drastically altering your diet. Just begin

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