What is Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome? How can it be managed in Ayurveda?


There are a number of conditions from which a person is suffering from. One among these conditions is Grierson Gopalan Syndrome. It is also known as burning feet syndrome. The condition causes much discomfort as the feeling of hotness or burning and pain occur in the bilateral feet. The condition gets worse at night. And There is some relief during the day hours. The burning is usually limited to the sole of feet but can occur also on the top side. In the following text, we shall look into some detail of the Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome and its management in the contemporary system of medicine as well as the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Lets begin with the introduction of the Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome!!

Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome


Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome is also known as Burning feet syndrome. It is a medical condition in which a person experiences severe burning sensation and pain in the feet. The condition is also associated with hyperesthesia. And the other thing associated with Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome is excessive sweating due to vasomotor changes of the feet. In Ayurveda, the condition can be correlated with pitta dosha and vata dosha vitiation. As the burning sensation is a feature of pitta and hyperesthesia is a feature of vata dosha. Therefore, in Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome, the pitta and vata dosha should be pacified in order to manage the condition.

Causes Of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

  • Inheritance can be a common cause.
  • Nerve pressure due to injury can lead to this condition.
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Zinc deficiency.
  • Vitamin B5 deficiency (Pantothenic acid).
  • Kidney failure.
  • Small fibre neuropathy.
  • Infections like Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis).
  • Allergies.
  • Contact dermatitis.
  • Stress can also trigger this condition.
  • Erythromelalgia.

Symptoms Of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

  • Burning sensation is usually limited to the sole but can also be felt up to the ankles.
  • Sometimes feeling of pins and needles or tingling sensation may occur along with burning
  • Worsening of the heat sensation in night hours
  • Sometimes psychological symptoms may also arise in patients with psychosomatic disorders.
  • Sometimes the eyes can also get affected causing symptoms such as amblyopia and scotoma.
  • Numbness in the feet and legs

Diagnosis Of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

It is usually clinical depending on the history of the patients such as burning sensation in the soles, ankle and lower legs sometimes. Sweating, and tingling sensation are also considered in diagnosis.

Management Of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

  • Self-care
  • Raising feet and legs
  • Avoid exposure to heat
  • Soaking the feet in cool water
  • Analgesics for pain
  • Ointment with capsaicin to be applied to the pain
  • Treating other underlying condition

Ayurvedic Management On Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

Ayurvedic management depends on the concept of pacification of dosha that is vitiated and causing disease. In this condition the pitta dosha is vitiated, therefore, the condition is managed through pacifying the pitta dosha. Therefore, the mainstay of the treatment is pacification of the pitta dosha.

  • Chandan lepa can be applied on the sole of the feet.
  • Camphor oil soothes the irritation and burning sensation of the skin. Hence the camphor oil can be used for local application.

Herbal Remedies for Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a renowned GMP certified, ISO 9001:2015 certified and US-FDA registered Ayurvedic Company, which sticks to the objective of producing quality Ayurvedic products as described in a number of ancient texts of Ayurveda. Planet Ayurveda has worldwide branches. Products are manufactured without additives and preservatives and other kinds of chemicals or artificial flavour enhancers which can cause a number of side effects on the human body. Products manufactured at Planet Ayurveda are pure and devoid of any kind of adulteration. The products are purely organic and vegetarian and gluten free. Planet Ayurveda has composed some of the products that efficiently manages and pacifies and balances the pitta dosha which ultimately results in an overwhelming prognosis of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Following is the list of products that are useful in managing the condition of Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.


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Products Description


Pitta balance is a formulation prepared by Planet Ayurveda that balances the pitta dosha. It is a herbomineral formulation which contains jaharMohra, kaharawa, akik, mukta, giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia). As it balances the pitta dosha, therefore prevents the burning sensation in the feet by managing Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Dosage: One Capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.


Chandanadi vati is a classical ayurvedic formulation that is known to pacify the pitta dosha. It is enriched with the properties of herbs that balance and pacify the pitta dosha. It contains various herbs such as safed chandan (Santalum album), pashanbhed (Bergenia ligulata), gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), kapur, ela (Elettaria cardamomum), amalaki (Emblica officinalis) etc. The ingredients of Chandanadi vati pacifies the aggravated pitta dosha, which results in managing the Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Dosage: Two tablets twice a day with lukewarm water.


Amalaki rasayan capsules are filled with the rasayan properties of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). Amalki is known as rasayan as it boosts immunity, balance all the three doshas. It rejuvenates the body cells. It possesses anti-ageing, antioxidant properties. By boosting immunity it gives strength to the body to fight infections.by pacifying the doshas it manages Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Dosage: One Capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.


Kaishore Guggul is a classical ayurvedic formulation which is beneficial in a number of disorders. It possesses antiinflammatory, healing and blood purifying properties. The formulation contains a variety of herbs such as guggulu (Commiphora mukul), amalaki (Emblica officinale), bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), shunthi (Zingiber officinale), black pepper (Piper nigrum) etc. the herbs pacifies the vata, kapha and pitta dosha. By managing the doshas the formulation helps in Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Dosage: Two tablets twice a day with lukewarm water.


Jatyadi tailam is a classical ayurvedic oil formulation which is used in a number of conditions related to skin. The oil formulation possess various properties because it is composed with a variety of herbs including chameli (Jasminum officinale), neem (Azadirachta indica), mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), kushtha (Saussurea lappa), haridra (Curcuma longa), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), lodhra (Symplocos racemosus), shudh tuttha (purified Copper sulphate), til tailam (Sesamum indicum), shweta sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), neelkamal (Nymphaea stellata), harad (Terminalia chebula) etc. Jatyadi tailam soothes skin, eases irritation, burning sensation and itches. Therefore it is beneficial in Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

Dosage & Usage: Apply over the affected area once or twice daily.


Vran Rakshas tel is a classical ayurvedic herbomineral formulation which is beneficial in different kinds of skin conditions. The formulation is consists of various herbs and minerals such as parad (purified mercury), manashila (purified realgar), gandhak (purified sulphur), hartal (Arsenic trisulphide), visha (Aconitum ferox), sarshapa taila (Mustard oil), rasona (Allium sativum), sindura (processed mercury and sulphur) and tamara bhasma (calcined copper). Vran Rakshas Tel is used in a number of skin conditions. As it reduces the burning sensation. Hence, manages Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome efficiently.

Dosage & Usage: Must be applied externally over the affected area after washing and drying it well. It can be applied 3-4 times a day.


As we discussed Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome, we have come to know about this uncomfortable condition, in which it feels like extreme burning in the feet. As we have seen, the treatment is based on dosha vitiation. In the Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome, pitta dosha is vitiated and thus pacification of the same is required to treat the condition. There is no adequate treatment present in the contemporary system of medicine whereas Ayurveda treats the condition from its root. Therefore, the condition is managed accurately by balancing the pitta dosha. Products mentioned above are of good use in Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.

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