Fish ‘prasadam’, which is believed to cure asthma, will be administered to thousands of patients who come here from various parts of the country.Minister Srinivas Yadav who was present during the distribution of the medicine, reviewed on the arrangements with police, Officials and the Bathini family members here.
The programme, which will be held at the Exhibition Grounds in Nampally, will continue for 2 days. Members of Bathini Goud family were administering the fish stuffed with a herbal paste — reportedly believed to be a cure for asthma and other breathing ailments.
The police and the Government will make elaborate arrangements for, the distribution of ‘prasadam’ and will begin at 8 am, ont he scheduled day next month marking the beginning of Mrigasira Karthi or the onset of monsoon.
Despite it being a subject of controversy, patients descended here in the hope of finding some relief to their nagging respiratory problems through the “miracle drug”.
Police set up separate queues for women, physically-challenged and senior citizens to ensure smooth conduct of the annual event. Goud family members claim around a lakh of people will take the fish ‘prasadam’ . They said arrangements to supply one lakh fingerlings will be done..
The medicine, which the family has been distributing for 160 years, consists of a yellow herbal paste, the ingredients of which have remained a family secret. The paste is first stuffed into a live three centimetre-long murrel fish that is then slipped through the throat of the patient.
If taken for three successive years, the medicine is believed to cure asthma.The family claims to be distributing the fish medicine free of cost for over 160 years. It renamed the drug as ‘prasadam’ a few years ago when it became a subject of controversy.
Some groups approached a lower court seeking a ban on the “unscientific” practice, claiming that since the herbal paste contains heavy metals it can cause serious health problems.But the Goud family claims that the tests in laboratories conducted as per court orders revealed that the herbal paste is safe.
It claims that the secret formula for the herbal medicine was given to their ancestor in 1845 by a saint after taking an oath from him that it would be administered free of cost.