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Gin and White Raisins
AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor and I am in no way qualified to give out medical advice. The following article is only for entertainment and informational purposes. Please speak with your doctor before experimenting with any and all natural, homeopathic and folk remedies.
THE CLAIM: That eating gin-soaked golden / white raisins help relieve arthritis pain.
The Recipe: 1 box golden (sometimes called white) raisins and 1 bottle of gin.
Place raisins in a shallow bowl. Pour gin over raisins, just enough to cover the fruit. Allow to soak until the gin has evaporated. This can actually take days to weeks depending on your climate and temperature. Once the gin is gone, eat nine raisins daily.
Why nine raisins? While there are variations of this idea circulating the number eaten is most often nine. Other variations have you set the raisins in the refrigerator for two weeks and then use the fruit. Others say that any alcohol will do it doesn't have to be gin.
How did this claim start? Who started it? Is it an old wives tale or folk medicine? No one really knows. The definition of folk remedies or folk medicine is: traditional medicine that is practiced by non-professionals, people who are isolated from modern medical services. It usually involves the use of plant derived remedies. Also called: cultural remedies, superstitions and native remedies. Is a folk remedy a bad thing? Well, what did we used before modern medicine?
This particular remedy was brought into public view back in the 1990's when radio icon Paul Harvey mentioned it during a broadcast. It has been passed around via letter, email, text, and word-of-mouth ever since. Most doctors today do not put much credence in the claim that it relieves pain or even cures some arthritis, as some patients have claimed. In fact there have been doctors called out for just saying, “Throw the raisins away and just drink the gin. It won't cure you but you won't care about your arthritis afterword."
THE TRUTH: While both raisins and juniper berries have been found to contain anti-inflammatory compounds, this is not an FDA approved way of relieving arthritis pain, and there is no guarantee that it will work. There are people who swear this remedy works. However, please do your research and speak to your doctor before attempting any new treatments. No amount of alcohol is safe mixed with medications- even though the content on the raisins is very small after evaporation. It may not be worthwhile to try it if you are on several medications. Also, if you are allergic to sulfates - this remedy is not for you as the raisins contain sulfate compounds as well.
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