Irivellikā

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• Irivellikā – f. An affliction born of a boil in the head. Its characetristics, according to the Nidānam, are, “In the head a round boil with severe pain and severe fever caused by all the three doshas and having the symptoms of all the three doshas is called as irivellikā.” Vāgbhaṭa says, “Irivellika is a round boil above the neck region with the symptoms of all the three doshas.” Treatment for this disease is described in the Bhāvaprakāśa as follows – “A doctor should treat irivellikā by the same procedure that has been stated for treatment of paittika (a bilious disease) and visarpa (a dry, spreading itchy disease). vaidyakacakrapāṅisaṁgraha also gives, “Irivellikā, also known as gandha, should be treated like a bilious visarpa”.