Thank you for your reply saywhatagain,
It's a little frustrating for me, as a month or two ago I genuinely felt like I was making progress with my digestion - especially with bowel movements, that were smooth, efficient, and satisfyingly emptying (TMI, sorry...).
As you probably know, I'm reasonably familiar with the concept of digestive fire ('Agni') in Ayurveda, so try to consume foods and spices that 'fuel' this fire, while avoiding too much liquid before meals.
However, the imbalance of air is perhaps an area I should consider more closely. Do you have any suggestions for reducing this element? I recall that when receiving the two week panchakarma treatment in India last year, the doctors would advise that I wear full clothing, and wrap my head in a scalf before going outside. They believed that the wind would aggravate vata, especially while undergoing the treatment. Alas, I live in a coastal city, and as a cyclist, am often battling against strong winds - it's pretty much unavoidable for me.
I received consultations with two different Ayurvedic doctors (here in Japan, not India) last year, so am considering contacting them again. One chap was relatively young, and admitted that his pulse reading ability was limited. However, the other, a much older chap, visiting from India, was very experienced and picked-up on a number of my health concerns straight away...it was incredible!
>I have recently started eating meat again and I do seem to
>feel better with at least some meat in my diet...
This is an interesting coincidence, as last weekend - perhaps motivated by another recent post here on curezone - I decided to purchase some salmon. That tasted pretty good...so the following day I took things a step further and bought a little chicken! That was petty tasty too - it reminded me of the roast chicken lunches I used to eat with my family as a child. In the evening, I even took the bones and left overs and created bone broth!
I've been vegetarian for most of my life, but am feeling that perhaps the time is right to eat meat. I was never a big meat eater in my childhood and teens, but would enjoy fish and chicken. I believe returning to the food that I was raised on may be worth pursuing for a little while, in addition to the other approaches of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda that I'm also fascinated by.
>There is an ayurvedic herbal mixture called chayanvaprash
>which can be very beneficial in correcting vata imbalances...
Yes, I consume a small spoonful of chavanprash each morning, shortly after waking.
> I have enrolled in Sai Ayurvedic College located in Miami,
> Florida and will be starting the program the middle of
> May, I am very excited to learn all the details of this
> ancient science.
I'm also keen to take everything I've learned and experienced over the past few years (i.e. since my health started to deteriorate) and study it formally. As mentioned above, I'm deeply interested in both Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, so am rather hoping that one day something will click into place, and I'll find the answer - when that happens, I'll probably quit my job and devote my life to studying one of the other, and then using this knowledge to treat others. Well, that's the plan anyway.