What About Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from pain in their joints, often a result of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation says there are more than 100 types of arthritis.

I am a sufferer, afflicted with osteoarthritis. It rests in the base of my thumbs and impairs the use of my hands. Buttoning and unbuttoning, turning a key in a lock are immediate sources of stabbing pains in my palms.


A long time friend of mine told me about the raisin cure. We played in the Pony League together when we were 13 and 14 years old. We are now in our 70’s and both suffer from arthritis.

First the recipe:
Fill a shallow bowl with golden raisins and cover them with gin. Allow the raisin and jim to stand until the gin has almost completely evaporated.

Once the raisins have soaked up the gin, (two days to more than a week), store them in a tightly closed container. The daily dose is around nine raisins.

The People’s Pharmacy said, “We cannot say why golden raisins are the preferred approach. Some folks report that dark raisins work just as well. Others tell us that vodka works instead of gin. And a few people have substituted apple cider vinegar for gin or vodka. Not everyone gets benefit, but we are constantly amazed at how many people report success with this approach.”

The Alternative Daily said, “Using gin-soaked raisins for relieving arthritis pain, was first popularized by the late radio celebrity Paul Harvey, who mentioned them on his show. Harvey spoke about the raisins in 1994, and noted that the practice of soaking raisins in gin for pain relief had been around for over twenty years at that time. Others state that the practice dates back even earlier than this.

“Paul Harvey also read letters from his audience who had experienced positive results with the raisins. This popularized the folk remedy even more.”

I always check with Snopes on stories like this. Snopes is the definitive internet source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors and misinformation.

Snopes said, “As to why gin-soaked raisins are supposed to work, we’ve heard various explanations, among them that juniper berries have anti-inflammatory properties and that grapes contain compounds called proanthocyanidins, which are thought to help fight infection and reduce inflammation, and resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. “

Their conclusion was “Undetermined.”

I have my raisins soaking and will be eating a spoonful daily starting tomorrow. I will update this post in a week or so when I think I can perceive an effect.

If you have any experience with this practice or know of anyone who has tried it please feel free to share your info here.




Filed under arthritis, hand arthritis

4 responses to “What About Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

  1. Sadly, I won’t be testing this one… Gin and ex-drunks don’t mix.

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  2. I would love to hear how it goes for you. I have RA and wonder if it would work for me as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂


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