Excerpt from Natural Baby and Childcare
Ayurveda is based on the traditional medicine and ancient therapies of India, and includes use of nutrition, herbs, cleansings, massage, yoga, and astrology. Similar to many other healing practices, Ayurveda recognizes that therapies should address each person individually. Ayurvedic healing takes account of a person’s body type, which is based on three basic energies—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—in varying degrees. Recommendations for optimal health, including daily habits and nutrition, are developed according to these body types.