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Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science that has been used for around five thousand years."Ayur" means "life" and "Veda" means "knowledge" in Sanskrit. Ayurveda aims to preserve a healthy life-style thereby keeping the body's physical and Psychological aspects in balance.

A Simple Guide to Ayurveda - The Tridosha system

Ayurvedic Medicine believes that health exists when there is a natural balance between the three basic 'doshas' or 'humours' of the body, which are known as 'Vata', 'Pitta' and 'Kapha'.

It finds that the balance of the three 'doshas' is of vital importance in order for good health and wellbeing to be maintained.

This does not mean that each of the three doshas has to be equal with the others, but that the individual needs to maintain (as far as possible) the original doshic make-up that was inherited at birth.

In modern life with its high levels of environmental pollution, poor diet, the climate in which one lives, the stresses and strains of everyday family and working life, it is all too easy for imbalances to occur in the body.

Ayurvedic treatments work to restore the body's 'homeostasis' or 'balance' thereby improving health and wellbeing in the individual.

Vata is made up of the two elements space and air.

Vata provides the impulse that mobilizes the nervous system. It is the principle of movement governing the body's sensory and motor functions.

Pitta is made up of the two elements fire and water.

Pitta governs body heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest foods, how we metabolize our sensory perceptions, and how we discriminate between right and wrong

Kapha is made up of the two elements water and earth.

Kapha governs all of the body's structure, including lubrication of mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and the formation of all new cells and tissues.