If you watch Telugu TV serials, then the feeling of a live fish being stuck in
your throat may not be very new to you. What might be new is that it can be a
life-saver as well.
The Bathini Goud Family has been administering the fish medicine for free to Asthma patients for almost 150 years. The making and ingredients of this medicine have been kept a family secret all through. Administering the medicine is being done every year on the day of the 'Mrugasira Karthika' as a service to the people who are in need of it, and no one is charged for it.
Acute asthma patients are cured with this medicine, and the success rate is very high. The medicine is normally stuffed in a fish's mouth and the live fish is thrust deep into a patient's throat. This is the usual recommended combination, but for pure vegetarians the option is to take the medicine along with some fruit.
From the last four years the medicine is being administered at the Exhibition Grounds in view of heavy crowds coming to avail themselves of this rare opportunity. Even this year the venue will be the same.
For the benefit of people coming from different parts of the country, special enquiry counters have been set up at all the main bus terminals and railway stations and at the airport. For further details one can get in touch with the following address:
Bathini Harinath Goud
H No 1-4-27/72/3, Plot No 3
Padmashali Colony, Opp Praga Tools
Kawadiguda, Hyderabad - 500 080
Or, you can visit http://www.fish-medicine.org/y2.htm for the latest update on the fish medicine administration.