The word Ayurveda comes from the two Sanskrit words Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning science. Ayurveda can be translated as the science of life or the science to prolong life. According to the Indian tradition the first four objectives of human life are
DHARMA: To accomplish your destiny
ARTHA: To acquire wealth
KAMA: To satisfy your desire
MOKSHA: To be liberated
It is believed that in order to be in good health these four objectives need to be achieved.