Chad, thanks for your reply.
I’ll try to answer everything as best as I can,
I completely agree with the fact that the tongue is just the reflection on how my internal organs work.
From the start: since I was a kid I had skin problems, mainly atopic eczema, dry skin and chapped, flaky lips.
I went through mononucleosis. I am not sure exactly how long ago the problems mentioned above occurred, but it’s at least 3-4 years that I’ve started noticing it (maybe that’s when it’s started).
I went through all possible western medicine checks, all bloodwork, liver tests, candida, bacterial, viral, fungal infections, endoscopy, Sjorgens syndrome (I was trying to find a reason for the dry mouth)… everything apparently in order.
Just during the liver tests, they noticed I have Gilbert’s syndrome, which I pretty much knew before. Now they just confirmed it. A condition where I have constantly elevated bilirubin, which shows up in yellow(ish) eye whites and skin.
I am taking milk thistle (liver supporting herb) long-term, which seems to work for this pretty effectively.
I also have quite strong dark under-eye circles (since I was a kid).
I have a slight milk intolerance. (after long trial and error elimination diets, this does not have any negative effect on the bloating or state of the tongue).
I did not have much success with the acupuncturists. They didn’t really know what to do… one just gave me general acupuncture for immunity, even without looking at my tongue. In general I felt and looked a little better temporarily, but it did not have any effects on the specific problems. This was 1 treatment per week, 3-4 times.
I could probably look up at least the meridians he used, but I remember only vaguely.
Recently I’ve spoken to a TCM practitioner. I don’t undertake any acupuncture, as it is way too expensive (I am a student), but he gave me herbs for liver and stomach, saying that ‘toxins’ are the cause.
I’ve noticed that I stopped being bloated and my lips got smoother. I took both for 10 days and now I am continuing just the liver, to see if it is the liver that’s not functioning properly. At the moment, I am trying to give the herbs a break for 1 week, to see if the bloating and chapped lips return (so I know for sure that it were the herbs that had effect).
In the past, I’ve tried the master cleanse and a liver flush. After the liver flush I’ve noticed that my tongue cleared up completely… for 2-3 days (probably the best couple of days in the past few years for me ).
Then it ‘grew’ back on.
In terms of supplements: milk thistle (mentioned above), greens powder, multi-vitamin, vit D (only in winter), fish oil, glutamine and zinc. Tried probiotics few times, but they are quite pricey. So I make my own kefir and eat pro/prebiotic rich foods. Otherwise healthy, balanced diet and lots of sport.
Thank you again for your concern and advice.