WTF! 5,000 People Swallow LIVE Fish Smeared In Paste Believed To Cure Asthma

Up to 5,000 Indians have trooped into the city of Hyderabad to swallow live fish covered in yellow paste believed to cure asthma. The bizarre treatment is administered every year in June to asthma patients who believe that it will help them breathe more easily. Members of the Bathini Goud family administer the unusual treatment, which involves slipping the 5cm fish down the throats of patients.

The 5cm live fish smeared with yellow herbal paste is believed to cure asthma

The 5cm live fish smeared with yellow herbal paste is believed to cure asthma

A member of the Bathini Goud family administers the bizarre treatment

A member of the Bathini Goud family administers the bizarre treatment

Patients include the young and old

Patients include the young and old

The Bathini Goud family claims the treatment is based on a secret formula, which it further claims a Hindu saint handed down to them in 1845. The thousands of patients gather in the city for two days on dates determined by the monsoon season. The family issues the treatment free of charge. Patients are then instructed to observe a strict diet for 45 days after swallowing the fish. However, the effectiveness of the strange dosage has not been medically proven.

Children have to be coaxed into swallowing the wriggly fish

Children have to be coaxed into swallowing the wriggly fish.

The treatment is said to be based on a secret formula a saint reportedly handed down to the Bathini Goud family in 1845

The treatment is said to be based on a secret formula a saint reportedly handed down to the Bathini Goud family in 1845

Thousands gather every year to receive the bizarre treatment

Thousands gather every year to receive the bizarre treatment

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