Q. I have arthritis in my hands and my back. I heard that gin-soaked raisins would help the pain.
Is that true, and if so, what is the recipe and the dose?

A. The only way to know if gin-soaked raisins will work for you is to try them. People respond in varied ways to home remedies.

In a shallow pan, barely cover golden raisins with gin. Let them sit until the gin has evaporated. Then eat 9 raisins a day. It may take a few weeks to see results. Here is one testimonial:

“I have had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in my knees for years, and it was difficult to get up out of a chair or sofa. After one month on gin and golden raisins, I am completely free of knee pain, though it has not relieved my spinal stenosis.”

Nearly a year later, the same person reported, “I am still on the raisins and love them. Not only did gin-soaked raisins rid my knees of RA, but now the RA is also gone from my left shoulder. This is amazing, and my doctors are interested.”

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  1. KS
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    A friend pointed me towards a Wikipedia page, which basically says that golden raisins are sultanas treated with sulfur dioxide.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisin
    “sultana” …[is] a dried large white grape … Seedless varieties include the sultana (also known as Thompson Seedless in the USA) and Flame grapes. Raisins are typically sun-dried, but may also be water-dipped, or dehydrated. “Golden raisins” are made from sultanas, treated with sulfur dioxide (SO2), and flame-dried to give them their characteristic color.
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    It makes you wonder, for those for whom only the golden variety works, if the sulfur dioxide or the flame drying plays a role.

  2. Adrienne
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    Is there really a specified reason for golden raisins? And large ones? Has anyone had this work with smaller raisins or other varieties?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: MOST PEOPLE SPECIFY GOLDEN RAISINS, BUT SOME HAVE REPORTED SUCCESS WITH DARK RAISINS.

  3. Cheri
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    Arthritis in my neck is severe and some in my hands. I eat 9 gin soaked raisins a day and I feel much better. I feel so much better I know when I am forgetting my raisins as my pain returns. My results are evident within less than a week. I highly recommend this as an alternative.

  4. Cary
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    I am getting ready to try the golden raisins and gin for knee pain and CMC joint pain in my right hand/thumb. Does anyone know if it is advisable to also use the Certo and grape juice remedy simultaneously, or should I just try them one at a time?

  5. Judy
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    I’m not experiencing pain, but I have stiff knee joints and sometimes stiffness in the hands–does the raisin/gin mixture help with that?

  6. Hal
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    We are going to try the gin soaked raisins. The article does not tell how to store the raisins after the gin evaporates. Any one know?.

  7. lynz24
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    ABSOLUTELY!!! must try!! ONLY L A R G E GOLDEN raisins, 1 pound and 1 pint of gin. SOAK until raisins have absorbed all liquid in open pan. Then COVER slightly and eat 9 golden raisins a day LARGE ONLY. IT WORKS!!! but for me only on knee pain. I have been told that I need both knees replaced years ago, after getting on this regiment, ALL knee pain is gone. But only knee pain.

  8. Monita
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    I also found this effective, but I was told to buy the brand of gin that has the berries on the label and also that any raisins would do.

  9. doug g.
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    I first heard about the gin and raisins a couple of years ago on The Peoples Pharmacy. Later, as I developed pain and swelling in my hands after hard use, which is now constant, I tried the raisins. Golden Raisins and the best gin. Ate nine every day for three months and did not find relief of pain. While I enjoyed the tender and tasty raisins the remedy did not work for me.

  10. JG
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    I was spending $45 a month on glucosimine, etc. I decided to save the money and try the raisins soaked in gin and my knees don’t hurt at all! I have done this for over a year and take no additional pain medication.

  11. Janet S.
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    There is no size gin bottle to buy to cover one box of raisins. Gnats hover but if you cover them, how can it evaporate? And now I keep them in tightly closed jar in the refrigerator. Will that harm the effect? I don’t have as much all-over pain from arthritis as I used to.

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