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Monsoon brings with it the chill of the breezy winter, the warmth of a summer night, and the showers of a rainy day. With the stepping in of Mrigasira Karte, the first day of monsoon according to the Hindu calendar, at least one area in Hyderabad can be seen completely crowded with people queuing up to receive the fish medicine, considered to be the nectar of life.Fish Medicine

On this day, the Goud brothers, residents of Doodhbowli (near Charminar), administer this to thousands of asthmatics. The herbal medicine is given to asthma patients by placing it either in the mouth of a 2-3 inch-long live Murrel Fish or in the jaggery paste for strict vegetarians.

The medicine along with the fish is put into the throat of the patient and the mouth is closed. The fish remains alive for a few minutes after it is swallowed. It glides smoothly down the throat and cleans the esophagus and the digestive system in the process. The medicine is be taken on an empty stomach and the patient should not eat anything for the next three hours.

The medicine itself is free but the fish has to be bought by the patients themselves. People from all over the world get to Hyderabad on the appointed day and wait patiently in sinuous lines for their turn. For effective remedy, it should be taken for three consecutive years. Three more doses of medicine are given to the patients to be taken on 15th, 30th and 45th days (Arudra, Punarvasu and Pushyami). For the next 45 days rice, dry mango, leafy vegetables, ginger, garlic and cow 's milk, form the patient's diet.

The secret formula for the medicine was given by a sadhu to the Bathini Goud family's progenitor Veeranna Goud around 152 years back in return to the hospitality shown to him by the family. The formula, which is currently in the possession of the five Goud brothers - Shivaram, Somalingam, Vishwanath, Harinath and Uma Maheswar, their wives and children and is not patented.

Toddy tappers by profession, the Goud brothers do not have the real knowledge of the medicine except for the formula handed over to them by their ancestors.

The preparation of the medicine starts two months before it is advocated. In April, one of the brothers goes to Hrishikesh in search of the herbs. The actual preparation is done at the Goud's home using well water. This medicine is first offered to their family deity. After performing satyanarayana vratam, it is administered.

Due to traffic problems the medicine is being administered at the Nizam College Grounds for the past two years. A rage with the asthmatics, the medicine breathes new life into the afflicted lungs.


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