Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 28, 2023

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Svabhava (स्वभाव) is an important concept in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life and health. It refers to one’s disposition or nature, and is one of the six factors through which positive ethical precepts (regarding Dharma) are determined. Svabhava is seen as a fundamental part of Ayurvedic philosophy, as it is believed that each individual has their own unique nature that should be taken into account when considering treatments or therapies.

The concept of Svabhava can be traced back to the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in Hinduism, where it was used to describe the essential qualities of an individual. In Ayurveda, Svabhava is seen as a way to understand how each person’s physical and mental constitution affects their health and wellbeing. It is believed that by understanding an individual’s Svabhava, practitioners can create personalized treatments that are tailored to their specific needs.

In Ayurveda, Svabhava is divided into three categories: Sattva (purity), Rajas (activity) and Tamas (inertia).