Ayurveda is a complete holistic health system for mind, body, and spirit. It treats the patient as a whole rather than treating symptoms alone, and it works as a preventative means of coping with imbalance and disease. This system uses the elements, humors, and seasons, and planets to heal. Its philosophy is that every person is composed of various combinations of the elements earth, air, fire, water, and ether. According to the laws of Ayurveda, these elements are manifested in each individual through doshas, or body types; there are three types of dosha: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Maintaining the balance of the dosha is the key to a successful Ayurveda practice, and this is done through diet, exercise, yoga, massage, crystals, and using color in a variety of ways.
Ayurveda is an accessible book that clearly explains methods of determining body type and how the elements express themselves within that body. The book then guides the reader through the dietary requirements, massage techniques, and appropriate oils, herbs, colors, crystals, meditation, exercise, and tonics recommended to maintain each body type's equilibrium. Whether the reader is looking for a complete holistic healing system or simply interested in regaining a sense of balance, this invaluable book is a key to understanding the powerful system of Ayurveda medicine.