Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine.
Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures of healthful living during the
entire span of life and its various phases. Ayurveda stresses a balance
of three elemental energies or humors: vata(air & space – "wind"), pittha (fire & water – "bile") and kapha (water & earth – "phlegm").
According to ayurveda, these three regulatory principles — doshas — are important for health, because when they are in a more balanced state, the body will function to its fullest, and when imbalanced, the body will be affected negatively in certain ways.
Ayurveda holds that each human possesses a unique combination of doshas. Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, meditation, and massage. Thus, body, mind and spirit/consciousness need to be addressed both individually and in unison for health to ensue.