Raisin Remedy for arthritis pain is most popular

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

October 25, 1994|By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

Over the years we have shared dozens of home remedies from our readers, ranging from ways to cut the pain from bee stings to moisturizers from the kitchen cabinet. But none have been more often requested than the Raisin Remedy for arthritis pain.

We recently heard from Mary Jane, who said we would want to take her to Show and Tell: "A friend told me about the raisin remedy, when I told her that I would try swimming in oyster stew if it would help. I have tried every anti-inflammatory medication on the market and seen more specialists than I can mention. I've been to therapy centers and tried water exercises, but nothing worked!

"I went upstairs one step at a time and came down the same way. Every move hurt my hip and legs, and my knees were nonbendable. I didn't want to spend my life like this.

"So I tried the raisins. In three weeks time I moved like a different person, up and down steps and all. No more pain getting in and out of the car.

"This was not psychological, as I know when I can't get up and down and when I can. I know this recipe does not work for everybody but seems to for many:

"Put one box golden raisins in a bowl, cover them with gin and leave the bowl undisturbed for seven days. (I put a paper towel over the bowl.) After a week, the raisins are not dry, but ready. Eat nine raisins a day. No refrigeration is needed."

Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Dr. Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist and nutrition expert.

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