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An Unscientific Approach to Treating Asthma Naturally

A murrel fish is slipped into the throats of patients to heal Asthma

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A family in Hyderabad offers a Natural Asthma Treatment. Pixabay
  • Currently, 300 million people are affected by asthma and 10% population is from India
  • Bathini Goud family offers a Natural Asthma Treatment slips a live Murrel fish along with some herb down into the throats of the patients
  • The family says that the fish clears the throat down the way and this is permanent cure for asthma 

June 26, 2017: Asthma is a chronic inflammation of lungs that affects people of all age groups. There is no cure for asthma and the best way to deal with it is to avoid the triggering agents. It is one of the most chronic common diseases among children and affects approximately 300 million people.

India has around 30 million asthma patients however Hyderabad has a special natural asthma treatment for the patients. In Hyderabad, a Bathini Goud family offers an unconventional method for treatment of Asthma which slips a living Murrel fish along with some herb down into the throats of the patients. This usually lets the patients gagging and they are advised to be on a diet for 45 days. Still, thousands of people visit this place for their treatment.

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The Bathini Goud family says that the fish clears the throat down the way and this is a permanent cure for asthma and other respiratory problems but they refused to reveal the name of the herbs they use along with the Murrel fish and said that it was given to them by a Hindu saint in 1845. Parents of the children with asthma usually pinch their noses and tilt the head back to take this medicine.

Every year, thousands of people visit them for which the dates are declared at the onset of monsoon. Some doctors and rights groups have complained that the medicine is ‘unscientific’. The Indian Government also helps in the fish medicine festival by providing special trains and extra police for the safety and comfort of people.

Prepared by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Flavoured E-Cigarettes Affect Airways, Worsen Asthma

Certain flavoured e-cigarettes, even without nicotine, may change how airways, affected by an allergic disease, function, thus worsening the severity of asthma

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A flavour multipack for the Juul vaping device. Sweet-flavored electronic cigarettes promote youth vaping. Wikimedia Commons

Certain flavoured e-cigarettes, even without nicotine, may change how airways, affected by an allergic disease, function, thus worsening the severity of diseases such as asthma, say researchers.

For the first time, a model of asthma was used to investigate the effect of a range of popular e-cigarette flavours, with and without nicotine.

“This is especially important for those with respiratory disease, whom are vulnerable to the effects of smoking,” Dr Chapman said.

“The majority of e-cigarette smokers use flavoured liquids but there is some evidence that flavour additives can be toxic when inhaled,” said Dr David Chapman from from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The use of e-cigarettes has dramatically increased in the past few years, especially among younger smokers globally.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that they were investigating 215 cases of a serious lung disease possibly related to the use of e-cigarettes. VOA

Despite the suggestion they are a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes, there is a lack of evidence in both animal studies and human data on the effect of e-cigarettes on lung function.

The researchers found that some flavoured e-cigarettes, even in the absence of nicotine, can worsen disease severity.

“The exact effects on features of asthma were dependent upon the specific flavour, suggesting not all flavoured e-cigarettes will have the same consequences on lung health,” Dr Chapman said in the study published in Scientific Reports.

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In this study, the flavour Black Licorice exaggerated airway inflammation whereas Cinnacide had the opposite effect, suppressing airway inflammation.

The researchers didn’t analyse the liquids directly, to confirm what they contained, however there is evidence from previous research that flavours categorised as “buttery/creamy” and “cinnamon”, which likely include “Banana Pudding” and “Cinnacide”, respectively, are toxic.

Caution should be taken in promoting the use of flavoured e-cigarettes to patients with respiratory disease such as asthma and that policy makers should consider restricting the use of flavoured e-cigarettes, the team added. (IANS)