|The Channel Systems
Fourteen channel systems are recognized in Ayurveda, with sixteen in the female. These are
similar to the meridian system in Chinese medicine but include most of our physiological systems as
Three exist to bring nutrients into the body. These are the channel systems of breath, food and water.
Seven exist to support the seven tissues. Three exist to eliminate waste-materials from the body, the
systems of the feces, urine and sweat.
The mind is a special system in itself connecting to the nervous and
The female contains two special systems, those of menstruation and lactation, which operate
alternatively. Diseases are classified according to the humors, tissues and channels systems they