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More than 5,000 people swallow live fish for asthma cure

More than 5,000 people swallow live fish for asthma cure

Five thousand asthma sufferers queued up to swallow live fish in a bid to cure their condition.

Each year, people in India head to the southern city of Hyderabad to swallow 5cm long murrel fish which are stuffed with a yellow herbal past - a remedy thought to cure the inflammatory disease.

People were spotted pinching their noses and sticking their tongues out to be given the treatment, in the hope it will help them breathe better, according to South China Morning Post.

The Bathini Goud family administers the treatment and claim the fish clear the throat on their way down and permanently cure asthma along with other respiratory problems - a tradition which dates back to 1845.

The ritual ties in with thousands of people travelling from across India for free medicine during a two-day period which is determined by the onset of the monsoon every June.