Ayurveda is the first documented form of natural medicine. Based on ancient Indian texts called the Vedas, it is a traditional holistic Indian medicine whose origins go back 6000 thousand years. “Ayur” signifies life and “veda” signifies knowledge. Ayurveda is used as a form of alternative medicine all around the world and its therapeutic value is recognized by the world health organization.
According to Ayurveda, each person has different physical, mental and emotional characteristics that influence their personality, their health and the treatment of imbalances. Ayurveda separates these characteristics in three groups called the “doshas”. The three ayurvedic doshas are made up of five elements: air, space, fire, earth and water. The vata dosha is a combination of air and space, the pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water, and the kapha dosha is water and earth. Each person is born with a combination of the three types of doshas, with one or two dominant doshas determining our physical, mental and emotional characteristics. An imbalance among the doshas is thought to cause illness.