In Ayurveda the five great elements are philosophical concepts rather than elements in the scientific sense of the word. More than physical elements, the five elements represent ideas that are fundamental to nature and matter. If a person truly understands the five elements, the doorway of knowledge opens to understanding creation itself, as well as learn to take care of themselves holistically.
In the body, each element is associated with different tissues and functions. In the medicines, the elements determine their actions. They are the basic principles of the universe and as such the primary components of all living things.