By Jane Nambi
The Goud family in India claims they received a cure for asthma from a saint over 170 years ago and the cure is none other than a formula of fish.
The family is currently giving treatment to thousands of people who believe their medicine works. The medicine is being distributed at a stadium in the south and many people are flocking there to receive the magical treatment.
Despite the alleged cure, doctors are discouraging the people from getting the medicine saying they should not trust it. The family is founded in Hyderabad, India. The treatment involves the swallowing of live fish about 2 Inch, mostly sardines, filled with medicine and once claiming that it will cure asthma.
The medicine on the sardines is a yellow herbal paste which is believed can cure the breathing problems that are commonly related to asthma.
The Goud family claims they were given the secret medicine over 170 years ago by a saint. To make it accessible, the treatment is free of charge and it is given to the sick annually.
Asked to reveal what is so special about their treatment, they have refused to reveal the secret medicine in the mix saying the saint warned it would lose its potency if commercialized.
During the long wait to get the mysterious treatment, one man died of a heart attack. According to the police of Hyderabad, the stadium was unprepared to deal with the 70,000 people who rushed the gates when they opened. The family offers the treatment annually on a day chosen by astrologers.
After swallowing the live fish, believers are told to abstain from fried foods and keep to a strict 45-day diet of 25 different foods, including lamb, rice, white sugar, dried mango, spinach and clarified butter.