Q. I found a home remedy on your Web site and tried it for my husband. He doesn't have arthritis yet, but is in his early 40s and has had surgery on both knees. They cause him almost constant pain.
Two weeks ago he began eating gin-soaked raisins. A few days ago, I asked him about his knees. He got a thoughtful look on his face and then it lit up! He said, "Honey, I haven't had any pain for a few days now, but until you asked me, I didn't realize why I've been feeling such a sense of relief!"
This remedy cost me less than $10 and he has stopped taking his prescription ibuprofen. I say "give it a try. . . what can it hurt?"
A. Over the years, hundreds of people have written to us about their success with gin-soaked raisins for arthritis pain. This home remedy does not work for everyone, but as you point out, it is cheap and offers little risk. Only alcoholics and people allergic to sulfite preservatives should avoid it.
We include the complete recipe for this popular approach in our Guide to Home Remedies, which also mentions other simple solutions for problems ranging from warts and smelly feet to heartburn and hiccups.