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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Golden raisins soaked in gin

My sister in law said she eats golden raisins soaked in gin to relieve arthritis pain. I've been trying it for a week, I do have less pain but I don't know if it's the raisins or if the methotrexate is starting to work, I've been on that for 6 weeks. Has anyone tried the golden raisins soaked in gin? What were your results?

Um... how much gin and how often? I am pretty sure methotrexate and any kind of alcohol don't mix- liver toxicity and all that. I'd check with your dear friend, the rheumatologist. :)

I'm in long-term recovery from alcohol, so I might be partial to other, less potentially toxic options. :) I hate ginger, but I will sometimes eat a sliver when my pain's really bad because the flavor is strong and distracting. Warm baths with Epsom salts are great, as well.

The original Beefeaters Gin was developed by a pharmacist to treat gout. My grandpa had a similar recipe he got wheb studying in England. It could break down uric acid if there was enough juniper in it. Good ol bath tub gin in the 30's. However todays gins are made by the London dry process or are redistilled. Better and more cosistent but absoluley no value for arthrits treatment as the flavor is vapor infused not compoinded. I belive there is a juniper flavored spirit available from belgium that might work. My grandpa quit making hiswhen anacin came along. It had everything his magic raisen did. In any event they wouldn't work for PsA. Our problem is not a chemistry issue in our synovial fluid that can be influenced by diet. That doesn't mean we aren't subject to the arthritis pain caused by rich foods, gluten grains, and sugars.

FWIW my grandpa used golden raisens to dispense a lot of medications the covered up some nasty flavors He made a killer headache remedy with golden raisens and opium.

Sounds delicious to me. Seems we are telling grandparent stories, so I will add that my Dutch grandmother used to soak raisins in brandy, and that was called “boerenjongens” (“farmboys”, LOL). She would have them in a small dish with whipped cream on top. How’s that for a Sunday afternoon treat!
I don’t know whether golden raisins with gin will do anything for your PsA pain, but if you eat enough of them, you won’t care!
Do be careful with alcohol and Methotrexate – that combo is very hard on the liver. Don’t be surprised if you get a call from you doc about your liver enzymes being elevated.

Damn, I'll take the raisins and opium!

All the alcohol is evaporated over a week or more of soaking in a glass pan covered with a dish towel. The amount of alcohol in 9 raisins would be minimal even if it didn't all evaporate.

rosen said:

Um... how much gin and how often? I am pretty sure methotrexate and any kind of alcohol don't mix- liver toxicity and all that. I'd check with your dear friend, the rheumatologist. :)

I'm in long-term recovery from alcohol, so I might be partial to other, less potentially toxic options. :) I hate ginger, but I will sometimes eat a sliver when my pain's really bad because the flavor is strong and distracting. Warm baths with Epsom salts are great, as well.

Indeed! I don't see how nine raisins could do any harm. :)