Ayurveda is a complete system of wellness, based in the natural world.
The Ayurvedic view of the world and the human system is richly metaphorical and scientifically precise.
Ayurveda views all matter as composed of five basic states, often called elements. These are the building blocks of everything that exists, including ourselves. Previously, in the article What is Ayurveda, I laid out the cosmology upon which Ayurveda is based. In short, this ontology views the material world as a duality comprised of both spirit and matter. The body, mind and emotions are seen as part of the material world, constantly changing and subject to different rates of change.