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The 5 Elements

(Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine)

Ayurveda translates to “science of life” and is an ancient 5,000 year old Hindu philosophy. This views humans as an interplay of the five elements (air, ether, water, fire, earth).

What Are the 5 Elements Used For?

According to Ayurveda, everyone is unique and treatments should be customized to each individual as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach.

Unlike Western medicine, which commonly deals with symptoms, Ayurveda aims to treat the root cause, taking into account the whole, complete picture of a person. It can relate the elemets to tune diet and nutrition, lifestyle, breathing and meditation techniques, and healing.

So What do they do?


Ether is the first one of the great elements. This element is often referred to as “space” or “emptiness”. Because ether is empty space, it is known as the element that other fill. The ear and the mouth are associated with this element. However, all empty spaces in our body are connected with the ether element.


Air represents oxygen, breath, motion, and lightness. This element is present in the respiratory system and nerves. It is also the second of the five elements since air has a close relationship with ether.


Fire is the third of the great elements. It’s related to ether because it provides the space to burn. It’s also related to air because it provides the fire’s fuel. Fire is closely associated with the eyes and the body’s heat. Fire is also associated with thoughts, emotions, and obsessions.


Water is the fourth great element. It’s associated with fire, ether, and air. Water is the protector of the body. The tongue is associated with water element. Water is expressed in the body in five distinct ways: saliva, stomach, the nerves, the joints, and the respiratory system. It’s also associated with blood.


Earth is the last of all the elements because it evolves from the last four. It also contains these elements within it. This element is heavily associated with our sense of smell, bones, nails, and teeth.

“From the universe I am made, the universe is made from me.”

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”

Ayurveda Philosophy

Benefits Of Elements Balancing

  • Ancor the body on earth
  • Release self expression blockage
  • Relaxing body tension & stress
  • Equalize the digestive system
  • Relieving emotional pain
  • Neutralize  insomnia and other sleeping disorder
  • Transform & purify the counciousness
  • Stimulate creativity & intelligence
  • Give more force to move on
  • Harmonize blood circulation to organs
  • Balancing the respiratory system
  • Connect with universal love & ourself

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