From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By M. A. Alwar


Indravṛddhā is a feminine form.


The word can be derived in two ways:

  1. "Indreṇa indriyajanitadoṣeṇa vṛddhā" which means 'Old due to detrimental effects of the sense-organs'
  2. "Indraḥ śreṣṭho'pi vṛddhaḥ kṛśo bhavati yasyāḥ" which means 'That due to which even a great man becomes old/lean'


Indravṛddhā is a disease which causes sores.


Nidāna describes the symptoms of the disease as follows:

  1. In this disease, in the center a boil appears like that of pericarp of lotus which is surrounded by small boils. It is called as indraviddha.
  2. It is caused by vata and pitta.


Bhāvaprakāśa mentions the treatment of four diseases listed below as same.

  1. Treatment of vivṛta
  2. Treatment of indravṛddhā
  3. Treatment of gardabhikā
  4. Treatment of 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.[1]


  1. “या पद्मकर्णिकाकारा पिटिका पिटिकान्विता । साविद्धा वातपित्ताभ्यां ताभ्यामेव च गर्द्दभी” ॥
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu