'Ayurveda' means 'the science of life'. The ancient Indian approach to dietary health care, Ayurveda seeks to achieve an optimum balance within the body, mind and spirit, and to prevent disease rather than curing it. This introductory guide explains the philosophy and practice of Ayurveda, focusing on the five elemental energies - earth, fire, air, water and ether - which give rise to the different 'types' of person. A detailed questionnaire helps to identify your type. You can then consult the food charts and establish foods necessary or harmful to you. Case studies show the transformative effects of Ayurveda on people of many ages and walks of life.