Ayurveda – Art of Being 1-7
The Ayurvedic system of healing teaches that five elements known as Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space (ether) are found manifested in the human body as three bio-energy principles, known as the three humors or Tri-doshas, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
The five elements can be seen to exist in the material universe at all scales both organic and inorganic, from peas to planets. When they enter into the biology of a living organism, man for example, they acquire a biological form. This means that the five elements are coded into three biological forces Tri-doshas which govern all life processes.