Indian Medical wonder! Magic Medicine for Asthma! (Post No.5152)

 

Compiled by LONDON SWAMINATHAN

 

Date: 26 JUNE 2018

 

Time uploaded in London –  16-32 (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 5152

 

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India is a land of wonders. Miracles happen everywhere. Even today the miracles continue to happen in every field of life. Rationalists failed miserably to stop such things, because the majority population believes in them. And it works; if it does’t work, it would have gone with the wind. When one does something without expecting money, there is no scope for complaint. No one had side effect so far with the miraculous Asthma cure available in South India. Now eleven western TVs and Newspapers cover this annual event. Here is a report from London Newspaper:-

Forget inhalers – meet the Indian people who swallow live FISH to try and cure their asthma

  • Gulping down fish stuffed with yellow herbal paste ‘will help breathing’

 

  • 156-year-old treatment from Hindu saint contains a secret formula of herbs 

 

 

  • Family claims having the treatment three years running will cure asthma

 

 

 

With pinched noses and watery eyes, every year thousands of Indians line up to swallow live fish as a traditional treatment for asthma.

Asthma sufferers gather every June in the southern city of Hyderabad to gulp down the fish stuffed with a yellow herbal paste, in the hope it will help them breathe more easily.

Administered by the Bathini Goud family, the therapy is a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members.

But the family will not reveal the secret formula which they claim was received from a Hindu saint in 1845.

The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and the wriggling 5cm fish are slipped into the patient’s throat, often leaving them gagging.

The family maintains the fish clear the throat on their way down and permanently cure asthma and other respiratory problems – if the treatment is administered three years running.

After digesting the treatment, patients are told to go on a strict diet for 45 days.

Thousands of people travel from across India for the free medicine during a two-day period, the specific dates of which are determined by the onset of the monsoon every June.

Patients employ various methods to get the fish down.

For vegetarians the herbal medicine is given without fish. Patients say it works very well.

 

Parents are often forced to pry open the mouths of reluctant children who cry at the site of squirming fish, while others pinch their noses, tip their heads back and close their eyes.

Rights groups and doctors have complained that the treatment is ‘unscientific’, a violation of human rights and unhygienic, claims rejected by the family.

And the crowds also appear to disagree. The Indian government arranges special trains for the ‘fish medicine’ festival every year and extra police are on duty to control crowds, AFP reports.

 

  1. The Goud family has been distributing the ‘miracle drug’ for 160 years
  2. The fish stuffed with a paste, is believed to be a cure for asthma
  3. 35,000 fish ‘prasadam’ distributed till now, arrangements made for a lakh

Fish ‘prasadam’, which is believed to cure asthma, was on Wednesday administered to thousands of patients who came here from various parts of the country.

The programme, which began on Wednesday morning at the Exhibition Grounds in Nampally, will continue for 24 hours.

Members of Bathini Goud family were administering the fish stuffed with a herbal paste — reportedly believed to be a cure for asthma and other breathing ailments.

Amid elaborate arrangements made by police and various departments, the distribution of ‘prasadam’ began at 8 am, marking the beginning of Mrigasira Karthi or the onset of monsoon.

Despite it being a subject of controversy, patients descended here in the hope of finding some relief to their nagging respiratory problems through the “miracle drug”.

Police set up separate queues for women, physically-challenged and senior citizens to ensure smooth conduct of the annual event. A total of 32 counters were set up.

 

Hundreds of people coming from different states had reached the venue on Tuesday and obtained tokens.

Goud family members claimed that 35,000 people took the fish ‘prasadam’ till Wednesday evening. They said arrangements to supply one lakh fingerlings were made.

The medicine, which the family has been distributing for 160 years, consists of a yellow herbal paste, the ingredients of which have remained a family secret. The paste is first stuffed into a live three centimetre-long murrel fish that is then slipped through the throat of the patient.

If taken for three successive years, the medicine is believed to cure asthma.

The family claims to be distributing the fish medicine free of cost for over 160 years. It renamed the drug as ‘prasadam’ a few years ago when it became a subject of controversy.

Some groups approached a lower court seeking a ban on the “unscientific” practice, claiming that since the herbal paste contains heavy metals it can cause serious health problems.

But the Goud family claims that the tests in laboratories conducted as per court orders revealed that the herbal paste is safe.
It claims that the secret formula for the herbal medicine was given to their ancestor in 1845 by a saint after taking an oath from him that it would be administered free of cost.

Source: daily Mail, London and Indian Newspapers.

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  1. I had witnessed this when I was in Hyderabad twenty years ago.. I have heard many people speak about its effectiveness, but not being of a journalistic disposition, I did not ‘investigate’ further.
    I know of some other treatments also in other places. My own father in law underwent some treatment in Oddanchattram near Erode. That was 45 years ago. He said that he did obtain relief. We did not ascertain from him the details of the treatment.
    I know of one Sitarama Chettiar of Kambainallur near Dharmapuri who used to give some medicine mixed with the biochemistry tonic Albo Sang of J&J DeChane. That was in the mid 50s. We did not know what medicine he mixed. But after mixing the medicine, he would keep it in puja,spend a day in prayer to his Deity and only then hand over the medicine., So really we do not know what worked here- the medicine or the prayer!

    Rajaji suffered from asthma in his younger days. He was supposed to have got rid of it by a life of stern discipline, will power and strict diet. Of course we did not know about it for many years. When he was admitted to the General Hospital in Madras in December 72, he suffered from breathing trouble. It was only then the newspapers reported that his asthma had ‘returned’ after many years. Rajaji did not encourage any one writing his biography, so we do not know whether this incident is recorded in any book. Such concrete instances will encourage others.

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