Asthma is a terrible condition, but luckily, we’ve gotten pretty good at helping people cope with it. Nowhere in the scientific literature does it say, however, that swallowing a live fish will help you with your breathing problems.
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.
An estimated 100,000 people received an infamous cure for breathing problems in Hyderabad’s Exhibition Ground, Wednesday, as they were given live fish to swallow, in the hope it will help them breathe more easily.
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.
“This is scientific. People have taken our samples to labs in Japan, Germany and got them tested. The concept is that when live fish moves, wagging its tail and fins through the throat, it clears all congestion. Thus, providing cure to asthma,” Harinath Goud, one of the elders of the family said.
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. via – dailymail.co.uk.