Ayurveda is an ancient yet timeless Indian system of medicine. The word Ayurveda literally means "knowledge of life". The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy person and cure illness. This science is based on the principles that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and space. These elements are represented in humans by three doshas or energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Your health and wellbeing depend on getting the right balance of the tridosha (three doshas).