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Gin-Soaked Raisins Helped Sore Elbow

Q. I suffered from tendinitis in my elbows and forearms for years. My doctor had tried several anti-inflammatory drugs and I had also followed his instructions for alternating hot and cold compresses. Nothing worked, and we were talking about surgery.

A relative told me about golden raisins soaked in gin for tendinitis. I was ready to try almost anything, so I followed his advice.

Within a few weeks, I no longer had pain. I continued taking a spoonful a day for a couple of years and then stopped because I started a low-carb diet. Soon the tendinitis returned. When I resumed the raisins daily, the pain went away and hasn’t returned.

A. We can’t explain how gin-soaked raisins relieve inflammation, but many readers have found them helpful for arthritis. Anyone who would like to know more about this and other remedies for sore joints may be interested in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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