Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that originated thousands of years ago in India. The word Ayurveda is composed of two words "Ayus" and "Veda". Ayus means healthy long life, Veda means knowledge. Ayurveda literally means the "knowledge of life". Ayurveda teaches that we are all unique individuals and our path to healing is as unique as we are. Ayurveda is different than other health systems because it treats the root cause of an illness, not the disease.
Ayurveda looks at the physical human body as basic elements. These elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth. We all have these five elements within us to varying degrees. We need these elements for proper functioning of the body. To what degree these elements are within us is what makes us unique and different than others. These elements are paired up to create what is called a Dhosha. A Dhosha by its very nature fluctuates and moves depending on many factors. These Dhoshas are called Vata, Pitha, and Kapha.