A holistic healing system developed over the past 5,000 years in India, Ayurveda means “science of life.” In Ayurvedic medicine, health is defined as harmony and balance between the body, mind, and spirit. Illness and disease are thought to occur when these factors are out of balance. The therapeutic modalities and specific treatments used in Ayurveda depend on the nature of the imbalance in the patient, and their “dosha,” a classification based on a person’s physical characteristics. Treatments may also vary according to the season. Ayurvedic therapies include herbal remedies, changes in the diet, massage, meditation, breathing exercises and/or yoga.