Can Gin Soaked Raisins Help Arthritis Pain?

by drcase on May 5, 2010

Some years ago, the newsman Paul Harvey recommended raisins soaked in gin for all manner of aches and pains, including chiropractic-treatment-of-osteoarthritis/” target=”_blank”>arthritis.  Due to the popularity of his radio show, the news about gin soaked raisins spread rapidly, and people all over started trying it for their arthritis symptoms.  Many of those that tried it believed it worked for them, and they started to make their way into home remedy books, magazines, and other articles.  As a result, there are many gin soaked raisin recipes out there, and even more people who claim that the remedy does help their arthritis pain. 

The most common recipe calls for a bottle of gin and a handful of golden raisins.  You place the raisins in a bowl, and pour enough gin over them to cover them.  You are supposed to let the mixture stand until the gin has evaporated.  This may take up to a week or more.  To store them, place them in a clean jar and cover it with a tight lid.  Arthritis patients are supposed to eat nine gin soaked raisins every day.  I have heard that they are a good addition to your morning cereal. 

Although this remedy is popular, does it really work?  Currently, there is no scientific research that this remedy can relieve arthritis pain.  However, if you suffer from arthritis, it may be worth a try.  After all, raisins are good for the body.  They have lots of antioxidants that can help restore the cell’s working ability. 

Raisins do contain natural elements that can help with arthritis pain.  Golden and white raisins both contain sulphides or sulfur that can help relieve arthritis pain. This sulfur is obtained when fresh grapes start to slowly dry out.  The drying process is assisted by the sulfur dioxide gas.  Raisins also have natural chemicals that have both anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritis effects.  The anti-inflammatory chemicals include ascorbic acid, cinnamic acid, coumarin, and myricetin.  The pain-relieving chemicals are ferulic acid, gentisic acid, kaempferol-glucosides, and aspirin-like salicylic acid.  With these natural chemicals, the pain relieving properties of raisins should be enough to treat the most common illnesses associated with pain and swelling.

Gin, on the other hand, is generally made up of juniper berries.  Juniper is what gives gin its flavor.  Juniper berries come from evergreens and conifer plants found in North America and Europe.  They are rich in terpenes and Vitamin C.  History indicates that these berries have been used since the Middle Ages.  Then juniper berries were used as a medicine to treat swelling because of its effective anti-inflammatory properties.

However, there is a possibility that gin soaked raisins are no more than a placebo.  The mind can be programmed to believe that a medicine is really effective. The same is true with this home remedy.  Some people can be bent on the idea that the remedy really works and so it does for them. When the mind believes strongly about a medicine, the body’s natural pain and disease mediators come into play.

At the end of the day, whether it’s the chemicals in the raisins and gin or if it’s merely a placebo, enough people claim to have relief from this home remedy that it is worth a try.

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