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 (ī′yər-vā′də, -vē′-)
The ancient Hindu science of health and medicine, based on maintaining balance among the five elements earth, air, fire, water, and ether.

[Sanskrit āyurvedaḥ : āyuḥ, life, health; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + vedaḥ, knowledge, lore; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

A′yur·ve′dic adj.
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(ˈɑːjʊˌveɪdə; -ˌviːdə)
(Hinduism) Hinduism an ancient medical treatise on the art of healing and prolonging life, sometimes regarded as a fifth Veda
[from Sanskrit, from āyur life + veda knowledge]
ˌAyurˈvedic adj
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Ayurvedism, Ayurveda

the conventional Hindu system of medicine, founded chiefly on naturopathy and homeopathy. — Ayurvedic, adj.
See also: Hinduism
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From the Sanskrit words “ayur,” meaning life, and veda,” meaning knowledge, a traditional Indian text referring to ayurvedic medicine.
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Noun1.Ayurveda - (Sanskrit) an ancient medical treatise summarizing the Hindu art of healing and prolonging life; sometimes regarded as a 5th Veda
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
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[ˌɑːjʊərˈveɪdə] nayurveda m, ayurvéda m
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Products are designed to balance 3 bio energies known as Vatta, Pitta and Kapha in ayurveda.
These are the energies of vata, which governs circulation, elimination and thoughts; pitta, which controls digestion, metabolism and energy; and kapha, which governs body structure and healthy functioning of organs.
Interesting, yes, but there's more to determining whether your constitution skews kapha, vata or pitta--and how you can adjust your ratios for the better--and that's where Practical Ayurveda: Find Out Who You Are and What You Need to Bring Balance to Your Life (DK, $22.99, 224 pages, ISBN 9781465468499) comes in.
Finally, when too much kapha (earth and water elements) is present, clients may start to feel lethargic, stuck and feel over-attached.
Ayurvweda has a personalised approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) allows you to make the best diet and exercise choices to suit your personality.
First up, an appointment with one of Ananda's doctors who checks my blood pressure before I eagerly fill out a questionnaire to see which dosha I am--Pitta, Vata or Kapha. Ayurveda states the body is made from fire, water, earth and space; understanding this helps with balance.
The chapter "Southern Sojourn and Other Paradoxical Journeys" describes Kapha's travels in south India where she learnt about dance traditions and met the scholars who had devoted their lives to preserve this precious legacy of dance forms: in Kerala Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam, Ottan Thulal, Mudiyettu and ritualistic dance forms; in Tamil Nadu Bharatanatyam, Bhagavata Mela Natak and Kuravanji; in Andhra, the Kuchipudi dance-drama art; in Karnataka Yakshagana and other related theatrical traditions.
Each bottle features its own unique, hand-drawn symbol that represents its combined dosha/elements:Vata: Infinity/Air; Pitta: Fire; and Kapha: Water/Earth.
In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Eclipta alba was used to maintain the balance of Vata and Kapha and described as medicinal herb for the treatment of liver diseases [19].
A unique combination of the three different doshas, vata, pitta, and kapha, characterizes each individual and endows them with a unique prakriti type.