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Raisins in Gin to Ease Arthritis

Regular use of raisins in gin help many people avoid joint pain and maintain their activity level.

Q. My husband is very interested in the remedy with raisins in gin. He is really suffering with arthritis in both knees.

He takes ibuprofen or naproxen but neither helps that much. He has seen an orthopedic surgeon, but he’s not ready for knee replacement yet. Short of surgery, he is willing to try almost anything, including something silly like raisins and gin or Certo and grape juice. Can you send us the recipes?

Raisins in Gin:

A. We have heard from many people who have found the gin-raisin remedy helpful. One wrote:

“I have had both my hips replaced due to arthritis, and have been an avid golfer for over 40 years. I thought I was going to need one of my hips redone this spring due to all the pain that has come back. A few days before my spring golf trip to Nevada in mid-March, I started taking the gin and raisin remedy.

“I used Fleischmann’s Gin and dark raisins (I didn’t know about the golden raisins). I took 7 a day in the morning and 7 a day before going to bed.

“I have been pain free ever since. I was in agony before. My pain was gone in 48 hours from the first day I tried it.”

We can’t promise your husband will get the same results, but we are sending you our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis with the recipes for gin-raisins, Certo and grape juice, and other low-cost approaches to joint pain.

Certo and Grape Juice:

Many people find that using the plant pectin Certo in a glass of purple grape juice daily can be very helpful in alleviating joint pain. You’ll find instructions on this video.

Using remedies to keep moving, whether walking, biking or swimming, makes a lot of sense. Joints that don’t get regular activity tend to stiffen up and become even more painful. Hopefully the raisins in gin or an herbal medicine like boswellia or turmeric will provide him the relief he needs to stay mobile.

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I have Rhuematoid Arthritis is this helpful with the pain associated with that disease. Or is this for people with Osteo Arthritis?

I would like to know if we can use vodka w/the raisins instead of the gin?

After eating gin-soaked, golden raisins for 1&1/2 wks., I broke out in a rash all over my body, except for my face. Doc put me on prednesone(SP) for 1 wk. and said to stop the raisins, as she figured it was an allergic reaction. Bummer, because this remedy WAS working for me.

About three years ago after I told my sister about the raisins and gin, she tried the remedy, only because she wanted to prove me wrong. Too bad, I was right and her knees improved remarkably. She still has bad days, but they are fewer and not as bad as before the raisins.
Soak golden raisins in enough good gin to cover. Lightly cover the dish with a paper towel, etc. Stir the raisins twice a day. You will notice the gin becomes absorbed and a lovely golden syrup forms on the bottom. Keep stirring until you can no longer taste any gin. Put in a covered container. As to dose, start with nine, any way, and if you have just a little relief add a raisin at a time until you arrive at a dose that gives significant relief. Good luck!

I recently downloaded the Home Remedies information. What is the significance of golden raisins? Can you use regular dark raisins instead?
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: MANY PEOPLE REPORT SUCCESS WITH DARK RAISINS AS WELL.

My wife suffers from much arthritic pain…so would like to have her try your gin/raisins.
Please tell me how I can do the $2.00 thing…..

To whom it may concern:
This was certainly an interesting article! I too suffer from severe hip and joint pain due to arthritis. I am unclear about the 7 per a.m. and p.m dose. Could you give me more information on how the “recipe” is made?
I am assuming that the raisins are soaked in Gin then eaten 7 at a time, am I correct?
Thank You!
Denise D.

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