When we look at the relative health or lack of health in the body, we must consider the significance of energy. Ayurvedic tradition teaches us that our energy is defined by three doshas, each of which embodies a specific kind of energy. Vata energy is of the quality of the air element and regulates the movement of our body and within our body. Pitta energy is of the quality of the fire element and regulates the efficiency with which we're able to metabolize the food and other substances we consume. Kapha energy is of the quality of the earth element and regulates the sturdiness and form of our body.
If any one of these three doshas exists in a state of imbalance, our energy experiences imbalance in turn and we experience the onset of illness and/or disease. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha imbalances all lead to illness specific to one or more of the doshas, and finding greater energetic balance will resolve the illness in time.