Ayurveda means "the science of life". It is the traditional natural healing system of India having been practiced over thousands of years. Its purpose is to provide a framework of health for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. As such, it deals not only with disease, but also with rejuvenation, virilization and longevity. The main tools Ayurveda utilizes to achieve health are diet, lifestyle, herbs and bodywork.
Chief among Ayurveda's outstanding attributes is the recognition of the uniqueness of each individual, thereby allowing treatment to be tailored to that individual and their environment. Ayurveda describes individuality through the use of the 3 doshas, or constitutional qualities: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Every person is born with a particular proportion of these qualities. When they are balanced within an individual, health is the result. When they are imbalanced, disease is the eventual outcome. In general, Ayurveda seeks to restore health by restoring balance. - Yogi Desai