The “Science or Knowledge of Life”, a 5000 year old medical system originating in India. It is a holistic medical system that helps one to know balance in life by considering life’s polarities and how the five elements interact. Basic philosophy, and introduction to the Universal Qualities (Gunas), Dhatus (the seven tissues), and the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). We’ll look at proper food combining and daily routines according to body type, the Ayurvedic view of the dis-ease process (Samprapti), and Pancha Karma (the five cleansings). Ayurveda is an inexpensive medicine system of the people, encouraging us to practice prevention in our homes, rather than responding to crisis. This is a good class for practicing herbalists to learn Ayurvedic assessment skills.