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Golden Raisins And Gin Worked Wonders For Pain

Q. I am totally confused this raisin remedy I keep reading about in your column. Why golden raisins and not black raisins? How much gin do you use and how long do you wait for the raisins to dry out? What happens if you eat more than nine raisins a day? How much alcohol is left in the raisins after it evaporates? Most important, does it really work against arthritis?

A. The gin and golden raisin recipe for arthritis is a home remedy. Like most such alternative approaches there is no science to explain the phenomenon.

Who knows how golden raisins were selected and why someone decided nine a day was the right dose. You empty a box of raisins in a bowl and pour just enough gin to cover them. Wait about a week or so for most of the gin to evaporate. Nine raisins have about a drop of alcohol.

You can learn more details about the “Gin Raisin Remedy” and read answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.

As for the effectiveness of the raisin remedy, all we have are testimonials. One recent message offered the following:

“My husband had severe pain in his legs and hip. A friend told us about using white raisins soaked in gin. He started taking this and immediately saw a remarkable improvement. He also has diabetes and hypertension. We were not sure if the pain was from traumatic arthritis (he had had a pretty major accident in the past) or perhaps peripheral neuropathy from diabetes.

“Please share our experience. It has been a miracle for my husband. You only eat 9 raisins per day in the evening. He could barely get out of a chair before he started taking this home remedy.”

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I use New Amsterdam 485 Gin I put mine in a mug and cover with gin then a saucer to prevent contamination and evaporation. The gin softens for digestion, golden raisins contain 10 times more quercetin than regular raisins. Quercetin is a flavonoid that has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.

Golden raisins have been tested and on average 9 equal about 2 over the counter tablets. But dark raisins are good for the brain so eat both. I take vitamins, turmeric [ an anti- flammatory ] and a tea spoon of golden raisins in the morning and at night. I’m 69 and drug free.

I started taking the raisins about a week ago. The pain was so bad in my fingers. legs, and hips. I noticed the difference on the second day of taking the raisins. My fingers work really well now, no pain. If you have a problem, please give it a try. So glad I did.

I read about this raise gin, several years ago but I didn’t have a problem. Now I have developed RA and would like to try it. It sounds great, I hope it helps. I am allergic to many medications and try to go natural as much as possible. Drs only want to give prescriptions, and don’t really listen or really care. Most don’t believe in natural cures. So I find myself backed in a corner many times.. I hope this helps I need some relief.

I’ve had severe arthritis for years. Two knee replacements one hip and a thumb joint. Unfortunately I also have to take Coumadin because of a serious problem with blood clotting. This summer I developed an ulcer from taking NASIDs (4 per day) and was desperate for another answer to my pain. I had absolutely nothing to lose. My doctor had no recommendations. I am thrilled with the results!!! I have been using this recipe for several months and am ecstatic. I still have some pain, but am able to exercise, go to the gym and feel great. I do take prescribed Celebrex about once a week, but I can get by with mostly the gin soaked raisins very well. My doctor took notes when I told him about my experience. Too bad we can’t get a controlled study about these home remedies with the funding our citizens contribute to public universities through taxes.

I am just reading fir the first time no thought yet

I am so glad that I happened upon this article about the golden raisins soaked in gin! It just so happens that the arthritis in my knees and hands have gotten much worse lately, and I have been desperate to find relief! I have been concerned about taking NSAIDs on a regular basis so I plan to try the golden raisins and gin right away!

Is it correct that the raisins and gin have to soak for at least 2 weeks before they are effective?

If there is someone out there that knows the answer to my question, I would really appreciate your help!

Thanks so much!

I doubt there are scientific reasons or that any clinical trials have been run for this golden raisin/rum remedy for the aches and pains of arthritis or neuropathy. That being said, does it matter? If people are getting relief and the individuals feel better and it is working for them then that is all that matters. The users should notify their doctors in any case and discuss if other remedies should be altered or eliminated. My experience with NSAIDS is so negative that I would discourage any one from long term use; the warnings on the labeling of such RX are true, and the OTC versions are also suspect. My RX intake is a big part of my health care; I long to give them up, but fear the result might be too negative. I am unable to take pain relieving meds. I have many health conditions that require RX and a variety of doctor specialists. I need a quarterback to get me through, but the pay is too low!

i have been using my concoction of golden raisins and gin for 4 weeks but only after letting the raisins soak (in a cloth-covered glass container for 2 weeks prior.) I am noticing a reduction in knee and lower back pains (I run 30 minutes daily at 65 years of age– normal weight male.) I plan to keep this routine up for 3 months and then stop to see if the pain recurs or worsens to. i think it is helping.

I will not take otc meds beyond aspirin, and I am quite lucky because I don’t take any of the stuff doctors are pouring into my deteriorating friends. I blame their meds for most of their problems but that is their choice. I do not drink or smoke beyond the small amount of alcohol from the gin. My gene pool isn’t bad with most family members living to 90-95 years. I plan to do the same if blessed.

You will lose nothing by trying this simple remedy and perhaps gain a great deal of comfort.
P.S. The ladies appreciate a man with some life in him..lol.

beefeaters gin is right to use — distilled with the berries

I’ve heard about this for decades, but didn’t think it applied to me. (My brother says, “You can always tell a Kraut, but you can’t tell them much. heh heh)

With all the warnings about NSAID pain relievers, I’m concerned about the daily use of my Rx NSAID that I’ve been depending upon to tolerate the joint pain.

After work, I’m going to the liquor store and read some labels. Thanks People’s Pharmacy for your forum!

beefeaters gin is distilled with the berries

this is new to me but I am going to try the remedy with the raisins and the gin.

I have been using yellow raisins soaked in Gin for many years. I am now 70 and mostly in perfect health! I put 13 raisins in my morning cereal almost every day.

Will be trying golden raisins and gin, thanks.

I’ve heard Bombay Gin works best because the botanicals they infuse the gin with adds to the remedy. Have others heard this? It seems like people are having success without the Bombay. Just wondering.

I think I will try this and I do have a book of Home Remedies but need to locate it. thanks for this info. I have been prescription drug free for about 4 years and with changing my diet to mostly using natural sugars and baking ingredients, I have lost almost 130 lbs. Am still working on this. I have to find different recipes and sometimes make up my own but it works for me.

After you put the raisins in the bowl and pour over the gin where do you store them at? Fridge or where? And also do you cover them? I need answer quick want to try them soon Thanks

I use New Amsterdam N0.485 I put mine in a mug and cover with a saucer to prevent contamination and evaporation. The gin is used to soften for digestion Golden raisins contain 10 times more quercetin than regular raisins. Quercetin is a flavonoid that has antihistamine and anti – inflammatory properties. It works for me. I’ m 66 and drug free.

both kinds of raisins are almost identical but the golden ones contain an ingredient that is anti-inflammatory and the dark ones something that is very beneficial for the brain, so eat both. The gin softens for better digestion and most contains juniper berry extract also beneficial . The nine provide on average about the equivalent of two over the counter tablets. You may adjusts accordingly and maybe twice a day

I have read that it may be the juniper berries that are used to flavor the gin that is the magic ingredient. You can also get it in tea. Doesn’t hurt to try.

Actually, this is an old farmers remedy for arthritis and was included in a very old paperback book that I had many years ago along with the recipe for apple cider vinegar and water (to drink) and also as a diuretic and appetite suppressor before meals. I have occasionally used the vinegar drink but will now try the raisin-rum remedy.
If I remember correctly, the title of this book was Natural Folk Remedies and I wish I still had the book.

Suffering from steadily worsening arthritis over the years I have been most interested in your contributor’s comments and am anxious to start the gin and raisin “solution” as soon as I can.

However, while most of us query the type of gin used with the raisins, my own question relates to the GOLDEN RAISIN. The smaller Golden sultana is readily available over here and is often mistakenly labelled golden raisin, which it isn’t!

Unfortunately the true golden raisin seems to be quite unobtainable so my questions are;-
Can sultanas be used as a substitute for raisins and if so in what quantity ?
Would it be possible to obtain from the U.S reasonably small quantities of REAL golden raisins?

Any advice would be most appreciated.

It’s our understanding that the sultana raisins found in the UK and in Australia are either very close to the golden raisins found in America, or the same. A different drying and treating process is what gives these raisins their golden color. These links may prove enlightening:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultana_(grape)

This is a home remedy (your results may vary), and people try their own variations all the time. Why not try using some of your UK sultanas? If you do, please let us know if this remedy works for you.

I tried the gin and raisin thing and it didn’t work but I will try again using Beefeaters. No one mentioned that to me in the past. Hope they sell that in small amounts b/c not only do I not like to drink, I hate gin!

At 69 I am on way to many meds for Afib, sleep apnea, neuropathy from spinal cord damage and type 2 diabetes, knees and hips replaced, a-splenic, arthritis in most joints and spine. Interested in alternative remedies. Have lost 100 pounds with 50 to go. I’ve learned to live with the pain as steroids are the only relief I’ve experienced but the side effects are not worth it, nor are narcotic based drugs as they are dangerous and addictive. Nerve drugs like Neurontin have been ineffective although Lyrica has provided night time relief and reduced the restless legs. It is hard to stay minimally active, especially in Minnesota.
Very interesting reading.

I had been using raisins in gin for several years. Stopped 3 months ago because of other issues that arose. Pain, pain pain. Even went to see about a knee replacement. Started raisins and gin again 2 1/2 weeks ago. Guess what?? No more pain and I can walk up the stairs and move easily without a cane! I will NEVER AGAIN stop taking raisins in gin!

here is a web address for a list of some gins made out of juniper

http://www.answers.com/Q/What_brands_of_gin_are_made_out_of_juniper_berries

I was wondering, does the raisins and gin do anything for the diabetes itself?

I use Junipero Gin I got at Bev Mo.

This is an old standup comedy routine; but the punchline is to “throw the raisins away and drink the gin”. Repeat as necessary. If it works; do it.

do you refridegerate the raisins and gin while the gin evaporates, if so do you keep it covered?

A reply, my two cents, on several of the comments.

You want to cover the gin and raisin container, but you do not want to put a lid on it–just use a paper towel (which will breathe) and secure with rubber band. You do want to keep the dirt and any flying insects, if any, out.

You do not refrigerate, just let it sit on the counter.

Where does diabetes come into this? This is presumably for arthritic pain, as far as I understand.

As I had mentioned previously, I made this for my mother. After she died, I kept the gin and raisins for four more years, but did not touch them. They turned black, I threw them out–but in retrospect, maybe that was not wise–could have been more potent.

If you want the gin to evaporate down to a thick, golden syrup you better put it out on the counter uncovered, takes a week or two, depends on room temperature in your house. You can set a lid loosely on it but that will slow down the evaporation rate.

sounds good

A friend has been using the raisins and gin for 30 years and swears by it. Soak the raisins for a week, then start taking them. It has worked for me!

I’ve been using Red Cider Vinegar for years and it has helped me with numerous aches and pains.

I would like to know some brand names of gin that have juniper berries in it.

Use Google and research for gin distilled with juniper berries. Beefeater is one but there are others if you take the time and do a little research. Buy gin that is distilled with juniper berries in it rather than gin that’s distilled and then afterwards flavored with juniper berry flavoring.

I had made the gin and raisin concoction for my mother. She took it for a while then stopped. After she died, I kept the big jar of it for four years. They turned black and squishy. I don’t know if they went bad, but I was afraid to try them, and threw them out. In retrospect, maybe I should not have discarded them; maybe they did become more potent???

I had heard that Chinese Black Vinegar was a cure for many diseases, and maybe even effective against black plague. The thing is, the black vinegar is cured for 8 years before it is considered ready–that is, going through hot summer and cold winter weather, 8 annual seasonal cycles, in a ceramic vat, and ergo its potency.

A few years ago I read about cherries for gout. My son had it very painfully. I bought cherries and had him eat a cup every night and within a couple of days his feet were fine. I also told him about the raisin/gin thing and he began using that. The black cherry concentrated juice is also excellent. You will need to dilute it. Good luck

I am a diabetic and have problems with nerve pains and pains in my knees and shoulders. I think I will try the gin/raisin remedy. Seems that it may work for me.

In order to qualify as gin the predominate flavor MUST be juniper berry. Don’t purchase gins that are flavored with lemon or lime or vanilla as an example. I recommend Beefeater, it’s a London gin that juniper berries are used in the distillation process, not added afterwards as a flavor. The reason to leave the gin uncovered in whatever container you use is to allow the alcohol to evaporate and concentrate the remains of the gin into a thick syrup. When making the raisins stir them every day until you have raisins with a thick gin syrup, about a week or two weeks, depends on room temperature.

The syrup will be a golden color and looks wonderful and tastes excellent!! Then keep them covered and eat 9 a day, mix them in oatmeal if you don’t like the taste. How do I know these things? I’ve been making them for 30 years now to control arthritis in my hands. And one other thing, people from Egypt and India were using juniper berries for healing as far back as 2000+ years ago.

If you have a computer go to the google web page and ask for a list of gins that have juniper berries in them to flavor them.

I am diabetic and taking medicine but I am also suffering from SPINE PAIN L4 L5 S1 pain in right leg on bottom(kuff) above knee feet and sometimes on right side of hip. Doctors advised an opertion for which I am not ready Pl let me know can I take Raisin soaked in gin? Gin which brand and how many days I should soaked? Looking for your comments Thanks B R ARORA

The pain in my back was getting stronger and I had trouble walking, sitting, just living. A friend told me about this mixture. I don’t drink but love raisins. Since using the raisin gin mixture I haven’t used any back pain pills, extra strength Tylenol, Advil or anything else. I am so thankful for the relief. I’m 72yrs old and wasn’t looking forward to more pain.

Thank you Nancy for your comment. Sounds like you were going through what I am now. I will be trying the raisin/gin mixture asap.
I do hope you are still doing well. BTW I am the same age as you. Thanks again.

I have tried this for about a month now – – my knees are no better than they were – – maybe it works for some it did nothing for me.

My mother got the same results with raisins and rum. For whatever reason, it works.

I’m considering using making and using this remedy. What were you results regarding the sulfur?

I have gout pain and all doctors and websites clearly state No Alcohol. Soaked in Gin?

Many of my family members have been using this formula for many years and it really works. Fill a mason jar with dark raisins and pour whiskey to cover the raisins. Tightly cover jar. Leave for about two weeks or until raisins swell up. Every morning sip one teaspoonful of juice(whiskey). It is the iron in the raisins mixed with the whiskey that alleviates the pain. When whiskey is gone, you may eat the raisins but the juice relieves the pain. Do not use same raisins to make another jar!

I don’t think whiskey is made from grapes, but I think brandy is. Good lucky to you.

I am going to try this. I have taken Yucca capsules for years and have little pain and I would like to stay that way. I was told 25 years ago that Yucca powder was put in horse feed when they no longer were racing as well as they did before. It seemed to work on both tendons and joints.
I can sure tell when I run out because after three weeks the pain returns. With Yucca it has again stopped. I am 74 and walk and pick up trash every day. I am very interested in remaining drug free.

SMA I hope the Gin you have is made from real Juniper berries. Not all of it is. If it is, you will see it on the ingredients list on the label.
Blessings and God Bless.
RLM

May 6, 2013. I am a 68 year old female with sore knee joints / tendons. I just put my Sunmaid Golden Raisens in a canning jar and filled it to 1″ over the raisins with Gilbeys London Dry Gin. Here in Minnesota it is $10.79 for a liter of Gilbeys. I covered the jar with a plastic cap from a Kraft Miracle Whip jar, it fit perfectly. My knees joints are sore and swollen and my tendons are very sore. I have trouble getting up from a kneeling position. I am looking forward with anticipation to trying this recipe. I will keep you posted on the progress.
On another note, I have been using 1-2 bars Ivory soap under my bottom sheet on the bed and no leg cramps/ Charley horse in 3 years. I t works! Also a friend who has gout has been using 1 tb. of Knudsens black cherry juice concentrate every day and hasn’t had a gout attack in 2 1/2 years. These are amazing cures. I just ordered your book on home remedies. Thank you!
SMA

Golden raisins are used because of the sulfite used to “bleach” the white/green grapes. If/when white/green grapes are “bleached” without using the sulfite they turn gray and are unappealing….therefore, the driers use sulfite….makes them more appealing for purchase and eating. The combination of the sulfite in the golden raisins and the juniper berries of the gin chemically act to reduce inflammation and fluid at the joints. This combination was used scores of years ago to assist people with congestive heart failure lower their swelling/edema.
It is VERY important to use a quality gin that states on the bottle it has been distilled with juniper berries or extract of. The action will not work properly without the juniper berry action from the gin.
Put the golden raisins in a jar. Cover them with the gin. Let sit in your pantry at least 4 weeks before using for best results. Keep covered with a lid that does not have a metal lining. Always keep a batch ahead in the pantry. After you begin to take the soaked raisins, you then may have to wait about 2 weeks to have a full effect. But after that, the spoonful must be taken habitually….daily. I have never seen an explanation or understood why there is a need to let the alcohol evaporate. No need in my experience. If you do not feel a reduction in discomfort, try taking 1 spoonful in the AM and 1 at night.
dc

do you have to cover the raisins with cheesecloth?

I do wish we could find a list of what Gins do and don’t have juniper berries used in the processing of the Gin. Not all Gin have an ingredient list nor mention what is used in the making of the Gin. If only we knew at least 1 or 2 brands that DID use the juniper berries.

Juniper berry’s are the main ingredient and are not poisonous at all. Old timers in my tumbling weed country used to toss a few in their stew for extra flavor. Not all gin is made with REAL Juniper berry’s so make sure you find one that lists it in the ingredients. Its been used as an herb and for medicinal properties for eons.
The golden raisins have been treated with sulfur dioxide, to prevent them from darkening. Many dried fruits are given the SO2 treatment for the same reason. Dried apricots, apples, pears, etc. all turn brown over time when exposed to oxygen. It’s a very slow-motion version of the same reaction that occurs when you brown things in a pan: sugars and amino acids react with oxygen and turn dark.
Its the combination of sulfur dioxide and the Juniper berries that help relieve pain.
PS, the alcohol is supposed to be evaporated before use so the jokes that its the alcohol doing it is uncalled for.

After taking X rays, MRI and other test, my doctors made arrangement for me
to be operated on, in a hospital for removal of build up of calcium, through my throat, to ease pains in my right arm and upper neck. The procedure would be incisions from the front and back and scraping calcium away.
Reading an article about raisin and gin, I tried this before going for this operation and sure by taking this for about 4 days my pain just was gone. First I told my Chiropractor, he laughed, later I told my doctor to cancel the operation, he asked why and I told him I found a cure, he was skeptical about it as well.
My Chiropractor did some research and finally told me that he believed in it, Since he has told this to a few patience with the same symptoms and they seemed to be relieved of the same pain. I don’t know if gin is the major ingredient, since it is made from Juniper berries, of which certain kinds are poison, but believe me, try this cure it works.
Heiko L., Northport, NY

There has been question among a few of us who have been doing this only recently. Has anyone experience itching?
My late Mother had congestive heart failure and took fluid medicines. She would comment that when the fluid began to leave here body she tended to itch.
Since I have started this remedy all of my joints starting with elbows then ankles and then shoulders. Seems to me that some fluid has gone out of my elbows.

I started this procedure with little information to go on. What I have evolved into doing is I have a small jar that contained marmalade. I put in about 1/2 a jar of golden raisins and enough gin to cover them about an inch.
Not knowing any better, started eating seven each morning and evening. As the raisins absorb the gin, they swell up and these are the ones I eat. When they get down about half from where they started, I refill with golden raisins and again gin over them by about an inch. I have noticed a lessening of my back pain and in addition I enjoy the delicious taste as I consume my ration of raisins.

My husband tried to help and bought me Fleischmann’s Extra Dry Gin to soak my raisins in. It doesn’t say anything on the label about Juniper berries – it says “Distilled from Grain”. Will that work at all?

Golden raisins (White) are rich in the compounds resveratrol, catechins, potassium and vitamin C. Both resveratrol and catechins are antioxidant compounds, which also has anti-inflammatory activity.
Gin made specifically from Juniper berries contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
Since arthritis is inflammation of the joints and both of these products contain anti-inflammatory compounds could be the reason they help.

I wouldn’t use the gin made with grains. People with gluten issues can’t use it. Wheat is one thing that caused my arthritis. When I stopped gluten my pains went away. Juniper is a diuretic, dissolves kidney stones and helps with diabetes. If you have a kidney disease it could be too irritating to the kidneys.

Yes, you are very correct. When I saw this remedy spoken on TV years ago by a Physician, he stated there is a reason the Golden raisins are used and not the sun dried. Your statement IS the reason and I’m glad you point it out.

Thank you so much for the heads up on this! Good to know.

Yes, this is what I do. I never heard you were suppose to let the raisins dry out after soaking! I still have some that I put in a jar 3 years ago and its still perfect.

Here in the Philippines there’s a midnight radio program that informs about remedies such as this but with different ingredients. Gin is substituted with “lambanog” or any “hard drink” made from grapes like whiskey. I’ve been doing this for years now with good results. I prefer red wine form Spain. I am 69 years old male and taking no medication. I still drink (whiskey) occasionally.

I believe the reason for “golden” raisins is that those non-red grapes are dried with a small amount of sulphite…that in combination with the juniper berries which have been distilled in/with the ingredients to make gin is what is the chemical combination to cause the reduction in inflammation or reduction of fluid that causes the inflammation and some of the pain. Not all gins are made with juniper berries so that is important to remember…. AND it is not necessary to let the alcohol evaporate.
Keep the golden raisins in a glass container with a lid that does not contain metal. Soak them for about 2 weeks before taking your first daily dose. Take that liquid that is left over when that jar is empty of raisins and use it for the next batch. It works for most all people if prepared properly. However, it is also known that some people have to up their daily does to 2 or 3 spoons of raisins a day as your arthritis progresses.

My Aunt is now 97 and she used this remedy throughout her life. She is alert, full of energy and does not take regular medicines. She would do the Charleston Dance at family gatherings. She has led a very healthy life!
For my neighbor’s birthday, I set her up with the remedy and now my husband and I prepared our first batch this week.

I’ve recently been diagnosed with RA and was battling with swollen knee and swollen ankles for months. I do not like medication. My mom told me about gin soaked raisins from an article she read in a foreign paper. I’ve been eating the raisins and drinking the liquor and it does works. I was told to soak the raisins for 24 hours in a sealed jar. A week is too long to wait in my opinion.

I have been using raisins soaking in gin for years. I have tried both golden and regular raisins. The golden look better, and I found the same results from either ones. I have never let the gin evaporate before eating. They just puff up and I take a teaspoon(holds a few more than 9) in the AM right out of the mason jar I keep on my kitchen counter. When the raisins are all gone, I enjoy sipping on the remaining flavored gin in the evening watching tv. Yum Yum

Finally, someone who has also obtained correct information on gin. All one needs to do is google it. I did, and here is a copy of the most pertinent part of what I read:
“Gin and its Lowlands cousin Genever (Jenever in Belgium) are white spirits that are flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices). The spirit base of Gin is primarily grain (usually wheat or rye), which results in a light-bodied spirit.
Genever is made primarily from “malt wine” (a mixture of malted barley, wheat, corn, and rye), which produces a fuller-bodied spirit similar to raw malt whisky. A small number of genevers in Holland and Belgium are distilled directly from fermented juniper berries, producing a particularly intensely flavored spirit.
The chief flavoring agent in both Gin and Genever is the highly aromatic blue-green berry of the juniper, a low-slung evergreen bush (genus Juniperus) that is commercially grown in northern Italy, Croatia, the United States and Canada.”
So you can see that most gin is not MADE from juniper berries; it may be FLAVORED with juniper berries. You need to google the brand name of the gin you are interested in or go read the label in the liquor store. I currently use Gilbey’s London Dry Gin (“Distilled from 100% grain neutral spirits”) and NO mention even of juniper berries, but it works for me. I do what E.D. does: I pour the gin over the raisins in a jar to cover the raisins by 1/2″, put the lid on and a week later I start eating them. I always have another bottle ready for when the current one is finished. I like the sweet liqueur taste and don’t mind the alcohol.

I wonder how many folks that are finding this remedy helpful use organic raisins.
Will be making a jar, using organic and Sapphire Gin to see if it is only the sulfur.
Interesting about the juniper berries… I have a jar of those and often add them to soups and stews, game meats, beef and pork, just because they give a flavor that tastes good.

At what time of day are the raisins supposed to be taken?
People’s Pharmacy response: any time. Some people put them in breakfast oatmeal; others eat them at bedtime.

I am a middle age dentist with arthritic thumbs. Doctor says that I will be calling him back for surgery when my pain level hits a 10. I cannot afford to close my business for 3 months for recuperation… my raisins have been soaking a day now and I am anxious to try this remedy! I sure hope that all of you are right! ;-)

I am concerned about the sulphites in golden raisins that JWA mentioned. I have chronic fatigue syndrome, though it is much improved and I lead a fairly normal life now. I usually feel ok if I drink a glass or two of wine without sulphites, but less well the next day when the wine has sulphites. So your comment raised some concerns for me. Has anyone else with an apparent sensitivity to sulphites noticed a bad reaction with the golden raisins & gin?

Do the gin and raisins need to be refrigerated?

I started the raisins and gin beefeaters 7 weeks ago. I use to take Advil 3 to 4 times per week. Since I started the raisins and gin, I haven’t had to take Advil for the last 5 weeks. I had my doubts, but not anymore. It works.

About two or three weeks ago I begin to have aches and pains in my left knee. Sometimes it’s hard to get up and get started. I have read several comments about the gin and raisins. I’m a sixty year old female and I have never had pains like this before. I can’t wait to try these remedies.

I have been reading about this, so I just got my golden raisins and Bombay Gin. I will let them soak until evaporated. Am very anxious to try this. I have arthritis in my hands, shoulders, and also neuropathy in my legs. I am really hoping this relieves some of my pain. I take coumadin and cannot take any of the arthritis drugs!

I think the reason only golden raisins are used is that these raisins contain sulphites rather than being sundried. Sulphur does work for arthritis.
JWA

Do you think this will work for someone who suffers from sciatica?

Gin is made from juniper berries; other berries are said to have anti-inflammatory agents, perhaps these do too and the power is not diluted by adding alcohol. Raisins too have anti-inflammatory properties, enhanced by drying. I would think combining the two creates a synergistic effect, far greater than just adding 1+1.
I keep the mixture partially covered and mix it up once or twice a day. I must confess when it is about half way done, plump raisins and just a taste of gin, I find them at their most delicious. However, for the most part, I resist.
Latterly I have been adding other dried fruits to the mix, most notably cranberries and raisins of other sizes and colors. I love the giant raisins and those I do not count when I eat them strictly for pleasure, not looking for any therapeutic effects. Now I don’t eat gobs, probably not even as much weight as the golden raisins.
About six years ago, my sister tried this remedy to prove to me how crazy alternative treatments were. After three months, she called to admit her experiment and how well it worked for her knees. I began using them too, and when I sleep on my side, I no longer feel my hips are resting on knives.

How fast does it relieve the pain? I may want to try it for a bad pain I have at night in my left leg thigh muscle.
Thank you,
Paul

Remember not all gin contains herbs such as juniper berries.
Read the contents on line to decide which brand to buy. I think Beefeater gin has the most herbs including juniper berries. The “synthetic” gins without juniper berries aren’t really gin.

I am a reflexology and massage therapist with an arthritic thumb who has been on gin & raisins since symptoms began. When I run out of the mixture my thumb lets me know it is time for a trip to the gin mill! I have a little spoon in the jar in the frig to make it easy to grab a spoon full in the morning.

It seems like such a waste of gin to let it evaporate in an open bowl. I put raisins in a large mason jar, cover with gin to about 1 inch above raisins and screw lid on. This makes the gin sweet and tasty for someone who wants a nip and it works to relieve
arthritis pain.

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