Ayurveda means 'Knowledge of Life'. This system of medicine is
derived from philosophical theories propounded in India over 2,000 years ago.
More than being a system of treatment this system's thrust is the prevention of
disease, through a harmony in body composition.
The basic concept of ayurveda is that the body is composed of
three principles: pittha, kapha and vatha. These are called the tridoshas. Each
dosha is located in a certain organ of the body and is a combination of the five
natural resources (earth, fire, water, air and space or ether). Depending on the
predominance of a particular dosha, an individual falls into a particular
character type and is prone to particular types of diseases. For example people
of the pittha type are said to be hot tempered and competitive. They are thought
to be more prone to ulcers and rashes.
Depending on the analysis of the patient type, ayurveda advises
a particular diet, treatment and care. There are different types of treatments
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