Ayurveda ("science of life" in Sanskrit) is 5,000-year-old folk medicine from India. In ayurveda, each of us is a unique combination of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth).
At conception, this combination was set for each of us and represents our own unique state of balance or perfect health. Once we're born and start living, we're thrown out of balance by environmental, dietary, emotional and other factors. If these imbalances go on long enough, they can cause disease. Through corrections in diet and lifestyle, herbs, yoga, breathing, meditation and spiritual practices, ayurvedic practitioners work to bring a client into that state of balance unique to him/her.