Indravṛddhā

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• Indravṛddhā – f. The word can be derived in two ways. 1. indreṇa indriyajanitadoṣeṇa vṛddhā (Old due to detrimental effects of the sense-organs) 2. indraḥ śreṣṭho'pi vṛddhaḥ kṛśo bhavati yasyāḥ (That due to which even a great man becomes old/lean.). It is a disease which causes sores. Nidāna describes the symptoms of the disease as follows – In the centre a boil like that of pericarp of lotus and surrounded by small boils is called as indraviddha. It is caused by vata and pitta. Bhāvaprakāśa describes the treatment of this disease – Treatment of vivṛta, indravṛddhā, gardabhikā and jalagardabhika- For all these four diseases treatment should be similar to that of pittaja visarpa and once it ripens it should be treated with ghee prepared out of drugs of jīvanīya gaṇa. “या पद्मकर्णिकाकारा पिटिका पिटिकान्विता । साविद्धा वातपित्ताभ्यां ताभ्यामेव च गर्द्दभी” ॥