Ayurveda, translated as the "science of life," is a system of medicine that utilizes various therapies including diet, yoga, and herbal preparations, to restore harmony and balance within the body.
The principles of Ayurveda are based on the concept of of three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - which are dynamic forces with distinct characteristics that shape all things in the universe.
In humans, the doshas control all mental, emotional, and physical functions and responses. They also produce individual preferences in food and regulate internal processes like elimination and digestion. When we work in accordance with these doshas, we can find balance and optimal physical and mental function.