Images of India: The fish cure for asthma…

A member of the Bathini Goud family administers ‘fish medicine’ to a patient at the exhibition grounds in Hyderabad. The medicine, which has been offered by the family free of cost for the last 164 years as a cure for asthma and other breathing disorders, is placed in the mouth of a live murrel fish and then slipped into the mouth of the patient. The medicine is administered on the auspicious day of ‘Mrigasira Karti’ which falls in June with the onset of the annual monsoon. The treatment, which is based on a secret herb formula, draws thousands of people from all over the country.