The origin of the gin-soaked raisins cure is shrouded in urban legend, though this famous home remedy got a boost from legendary newsman Paul Harvey. Some kinds of pain that have been relieved or eliminated after taking the gin-soaked raisin formula include migraine headaches,gout and arthritic pain. Many experts will tell you this is nothing but a placebo effect, but any herbalist can easily spot the science behind it. Gin is a spirit flavored with juniper berries, which are diuretic and depurative. Raisins also contain several anti-inflammatory compounds: ascorbic acid, cinnamic acid, coumarin, myricetin, quercetin, and resveratrol. It would stand to reason that the alcohol in the gin would extract the medicinal compounds in the raisins, just as it does in other herbal tinctures.