Q. I’m 40 years old and recently started playing competitive tennis. The wear and tear on my knees was causing a lot of problems, especially with my left knee. I was in a lot of pain, having to wear tape 24 hours a day, and having to see my chiropractor on a weekly basis.
I started eating the gin-soaked raisins I read about in your column and within two weeks I was pain free. I no longer needed the tape and was able to stop seeing the chiropractor. Thanks for the great tip!
A. We have been writing about gin-soaked raisins for joint pain for 20 years. Some people report great success, while others don’t find this remedy especially helpful.
To make the remedy, put golden raisins into a shallow bowl and pour gin over them until they are barely covered. Allow the gin to evaporate. This may take a week to 10 days. Then eat nine gin-soaked raisins daily.
There are more details about ways to ease arthritis in our 8-page Guide, Alternatives for Arthritis. You may be interested in boswellia, ginger or turmeric. More than one reader has reported success with a Mediterranean-style diet low in meat and refined flour and rich in fish, vegetables and fruit. Not only does this seem to ease inflammation in the joints, it has the added benefit of protecting the heart and helping prevent type 2 diabetes.