The rheumatologists I’ve asked had never heard of this “cure.” What’s astonishing is that so many websites attempt to explain how this could possibly work. Chemicals in the raisins, chemicals in the juniper berries… If you read their explanations, though, it becomes apparent that if this works at all, it would act like an NSAID.
If NSAIDs worked to cure RA, then people who took ibuprofen for years would not have had progressive joint damage and ended up permanently disabled, confined to a wheelchair, within 5-10 years of their diagnosis. If anti-inflammatories worked to cure RA, then there would have been no reason for pharmaceutical companies to research new and more effective drugs. DMARDs would never have been discovered because they wouldn’t have been needed.
Place golden (white) raisins in a shallow bowl. Cover with good gin made from juniper berries and allow to soak for two weeks. The gin that doesn’t soak into the raisins should evaporate. Store in a sealed jar. Eat nine of these raisins per day to cure arthritis.
Don’t we all wish it were that easy!
A few of the places you can find gin soaked raisins on the web:
NSAID: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
(ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, naproxen, feldene, daypro, mobic, etc)
DMARD: Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug
(methotrexate, plaquenil, sulfasalazine, gold, etc)
RA: Rheumatoid Arthritis
(a systemic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy joints and organs; not to be confused with OA, osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage cushion at a single joint starts to wear away)