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Hard to swallow - medicinal live fish in India

Mahesh Kumar A. / AP

A member of the Goud family administers "fish medicine" to an asthma patient in Hyderabad, India, on June 8. Started by the Bathini Goud family, the therapy is a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into a patient's throat.

Krishnendu Halder / Reuters

A woman, center, swallows a live fish that has been dipped in homemade medicine as people crowd for their turn in a camp in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on June 8. Every year in June, the Bathini Goud brothers from Hyderabad draw thousands to their camp to take part in the administering of the fish medicine, which they believe cures them of asthma and respiratory problems.

Krishnendu Halder / Reuters

People rush inside the venue where live fishes dipped in homemade medicine are being distributed, as policemen try to control the crowd in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on June 8. Every year in June, the Bathini Goud brothers from Hyderabad draw thousands to their camp to take part in the administering of the fish medicine, which they believe cures them of asthma and respiratory problems.

 

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