Seeking relief in raisins, gin

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

December 14, 2003|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

At age 51 I feel like I am too young to have arthritis, but I definitely have some joint pain. When I type at the computer my thumb and little fingers hurt. When I play too much tennis my knees ache.

My stomach is way too sensitive to take aspirin, ibuprofen or other arthritis pills. I'd like to try the raisins soaked in gin that I've read about in your column. How well do they work?

Gin-soaked raisins have not been tested scientifically, but some people report success. The recipe is simple: Pour gin over golden raisins just until the raisins are submerged. Let the gin evaporate -- this usually takes several days. When there is no liquid remaining, store the raisins in a closed container and eat 9 daily.

One reader shared the following:

"I am an alternative-medicine buff and have tried many things for natural health. Most work, but slowly.

"The golden raisins and gin you have mentioned worked for me. I've had joint stiffness and back pain for a number of years. After two weeks of nine raisins daily, these maladies were 90 percent gone.

"To test its worth, I went off the regimen for a week. Back came the problems. So I started back with the raisins, and within a week, voila."

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