Sloe Gin May Substitute In Arthritis Remedy
Posting Date: 01/03/2005
Q. I've read about raisins and gin for arthritis. When I went to the liquor store, they said slow gin is best for this remedy. Your Web site just says gin. Which is it? With the bad news on Vioxx, I'd really like to try this remedy soon.
A. The original recipe involves regular gin and golden raisins. Soak the raisins in just enough gin to cover them; allow the gin to evaporate; then keep the raisins in a closed container and eat nine a day.
We have also heard from readers who have substituted dark raisins for golden raisins and sloe (not slow) gin for ordinary gin. Sloe gin is flavored with sloe berries instead of juniper, the flavoring in regular gin. Sloe berries come from the blackthorn, a European bush, and have traditionally been used for digestive problems.
Q. I read an article in your column about taking turmeric for psoriasis. I have been doctoring this condition for 20-some years with not a lot of success. I took about 1200 mg of turmeric a day for a month and it totally cleared up. I then took 400 mg for another month and discontinued it. I have not taken any more and have had no recurrence.
A. Thanks for letting us know about your experience. Turmeric can cause digestive upset in some people, and not everyone with psoriasis will get the benefit you report. But we have heard from others who found turmeric helpful. Studies have found that curcumin, a component in turmeric, has potent anti-oxidant effects.
Q. I have trouble with constipation and wonder if you have a recommendation. I have heard that flaxseed is good for this, but I don?t know how to use it. Where would you find flaxseed? I take calcium and Fosamax (once a week). Would the flaxseed interfere with this medicine? I would be interested in any suggestions for constipation you could send.
A. Both calcium and Fosamax can contribute to constipation, but you should be able to overcome this problem with plenty of fluid and fiber, including flaxseed. This tiny seed is sold in health food stores and the ?natural foods? section of supermarkets. It should be ground in a blender or spice grinder just before taking it. One tablespoon of ground flax in juice twice daily is reported to combat constipation.