Steven Johnson Syndrome – Causes, Symptoms & Herbal Treatment


Steven Johnson syndrome is an unpredictable drug reaction syndrome that involves skin and mucous membrane damage. In India, this is found in less than one lakh people per year, in any age group. Numerous drugs are listed after a report that causes adverse reactions in the human body. In this article, we shall be discussing various causes and symptoms of Steven Johnson syndrome and the ayurvedic therapies, medicines, diet, remedies, and lifestyle modifications to deal with such abnormal symptoms of the disease.

Steven Johnson Syndrome


Steven Johnson syndrome is a syndrome or a medical emergency that affects the skin and mucous membranes in the human body. The Steven Johnson syndrome is similar to toxic epidermal necrolysis that needs to be differentiated. SJS covers less than 10% of the body surface area. The drug interacts with the immune system and showcases the symptoms within days of initiating the medicine.

The top layer of the skin dies in this disease and tends to shed over time. This is a medical emergency and could require immediate hospitalization of the patient. Drugs causing the syndrome in a particular person are avoided permanently or are replaced with other drugs. Usually, other drugs similar to that allergic drug are also avoided to reduce the chances of risk. Severe complications of Steven Johnson syndrome can cause permanent skin and mucous membrane damage.

Ayurvedic Aspect

According to Ayurveda many agents factors enter the body, reverse the normal functioning of body organs and cause alteration in body doshas that will cause serious outcomes. The entered agantuj doshas can vary in their severity. The dosha attends to an imbalance of the doshas, and the particular dosha will aggravate the particular body dosha. The aggravated Pitta dosha in Steven Johnson syndrome will cause abnormal skin symptoms like blisters and sores. The mucous membrane can be hampered due to kapha dosha imbalance. The medicines are used according to the dosha and organs are affected more.


Steven Johnson syndrome is caused due to sudden allergic reaction against the drug that includes

Adverse drug reactions of antibiotics, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and many other frequently consumed drugs.

Genetic factors are also responsible for drug reactions in many cases.

Patients at Risk Are

  • HIV infected patients
  • Immunocompromised patients
  • Cancer patients


Steven Johnson syndrome is an adverse drug reaction that can affect any organ in the body including single body organs or multiple body organs. The symptoms are according to the site and organ affected. While the common symptoms seen in all cases are

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Painful red spots
  • Blisters on the skin and mucous membrane
  • Blisters on affected body parts- genitals, airways, mouth, near eyes
  • Damage to internal body organs- kidneys, lungs, liver, etc.
  • Shedding of skin weeks after blisters formation


The diagnosis of Steven Johnson syndrome is made through

  • Personal history
  • Medical history
  • Details of ongoing medications
  • Blood culture
  • Complete blood count
  • Skin biopsy
  • Imaging test


Treatment includes immediate ruling and stoppage of allergic drugs

  • Fluid replacement therapy
  • Wound care
  • Symptomatic care

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for the Treatment of Steven Johnson Syndrome

Planet Ayurveda has been preparing various Ayurvedic medicines for many years. The medicines are tested for their quality from the very beginning and Planet Ayurveda has always stood out in matching the quality criteria successfully. All herbal medicines prepared are free of chemicals and are used in treating/ managing various diseases and recovering body strength and immunity. These medicines are purely organic and are 100% vegetarian.

The medicines prepared authentically and recommended in the treatment of Steven Johnson syndrome are listed below along with the necessary details.

Products List

  1. Kaishore Guggul
  2. Gandhak Rasayan
  3. Manjishtha Capsules
  4. Gleaming Skin Hair Nails Formula
  5. Chopchini Churna

Products Description

1. Kaishore Guggul

These ayurvedic tablets are prepared with pure extracts of natural herbs. Guggul (Commiphora mukul) has excellent blood-purifying properties that excrete toxins out of the body. The adverse effects of the drugs that need time to resolve are vanished by the herbal effect of these tablets. They improve general health by overcoming the abnormal body symptoms that arise due to adverse drug reactions.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

This is a very powerful and well-known herbal remedy for skin diseases occurring due to any cause. Purified sulfur is present in every single tablet detoxifies the skin and prevents various kinds of infections. They eliminate the infection-causing agents from the body. The arising symptoms of the allergic reaction are well managed to arrest their progression. It reduces the symptoms of burning sensation, irritation, uneasiness, etc. Sulphur has widespread medicinal properties that make it potent enough to cure many ailments. Prescribing these tablets in SJS will help to treat the condition effectively.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily.

3. Manjishtha capsules

These capsules contain pure extracts of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) that have disease-curing properties in each part- leaves, fruits, and fruits. This is indicated as a rejuvenating herb that has essential properties which make it useful in various diseases. Manjishtha is prepared in different formulations (kalka, arishta, kwath, tablets, churna, and capsules) and is prescribed accordingly. The raktashodhak properties of Manjishtha make it the most valuable herb in treating body ailments.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily.

4. Gleaming Skin Hair Nails Formula

This herbal supplement is a patent preparation of Planet Ayurveda that contains various herbal extracts. These supplements in Steven Johnson syndrome will ease the abnormal symptoms (in the skin, nails, and hair) arising due to drug reactions.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily.

5. Chopchini Churna

This powder preparation is prepared using the herb Chopchini (Smilax china) which has excellent analgesic properties that will be useful in Steven Johnson syndrome treatment. It helps regain the lost skin tissues and mucous membranes. The churna has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Dosage- Take 1/2 teaspoon of churna twice daily.

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Ayurveda is capable of managing the symptoms of the disease and recovering the patient within a few weeks. After emergency treatment, the patient should shift to ayurvedic medicines to regain body strength and skin loss. Herbal diet and medicines will treat the patient successfully without any additional side effects or complications. To book your appointments with our talented doctor’s team, please visit us at

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit. Read More

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