I've been tracking my tongue according to CTM.
When I started, I had candida (the coating on my tongue). At this point, I still was eating too much fat, from nuts, and still had many non-raw fatty treats at least every 2 days.
My tongue was purple. I was fighting infections and inflammation. There was still issues my body was dealing with. I actually don't know what the cracks mean, except that they probably show stomach problems (which I had).
Today, is a big difference! The cracks and fur are mostly gone! However, it is a pale pink, meaning low energy.
This actually gives me even more hope! I feel better than I have in my whole 30's, and often better than I have my whole life. So by the time my tongue is a nice pink, I will feel INCREDIBLE!
I lived in the orient for 3 years. I was fascinated how everyone looked 10 to 20 years younger than westerners. Plus no one was using anti-perspirant.
They also rarely had bad breath. And most ladies had beautiful legs! Even the 60 year olds! It also fascinated me how flexible they were. I saw many older ladies doing the splits! Anywho, they're definitely doing so much right!
Any places you can suggest where I can buy quality TCM herbs on line? I've only used western herbs so far, so this is new to me. If anyone has recommendations for books describing the herbs, and especially dosing and cautions, that'd be wonderful too.
There is plenty of information online regarding TCM - I suggest you read quite a bit on this as far as diagnosing and which combinations of herbs are best (their powerful).
Most sites give a short description on the herb and what is used for and also have suggestions for typical ailments.
Again I would proceed carefully choosing them without expert advice http://www.acupuncture.com/herbs/herbaldose.htm
i live in Toronto, Ontario (Canada, don't you know....) - the company, Prime Health Products, is here too....but the herbal tinctures they sell are gold - I swear by them.
I've read they seem expensive, likely because of the shipping if you're American, but if you're looking for liver, kidney, spleen or digestive tonics, this is the place.
I've met the owner twice, she's very sweet and dedicated, and really tries to offer the best possible product.
She believes (and now I do too) that almost every ailment stems from congested liver/gallbladder, which in turn sets off a cascade of troubles thruout the other major organs, as they all work in sequence.
I've used them for about 3 months for liver cleansing, and I love the results.....
At least read thru her website, there's a plethora of good info - hope it helps!