What are "medicinal wines," especially wines for cellulite, and how are they prepared?

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ophelious eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Some people believe that wine, when prepared according to the correct formula, can have very specific health benefits.  Keep in mind I am not a doctor, so I am neither knocking nor endorsing this belief.

The medical community has known for a while now that red wines can have a benefit in regard to your cardio-vascular health.  In short, a glass of red wine a day can be good for your heart.  This doesn't work on a greater scale, though...don't think that 5 glasses would be 5 times as effective!  It's not an excuse for a college guy to go binge drinking : )

That's about as far as the "traditional" medical community will take the issue.

Others, though, feel that wine can be prepared in such a way as to be able to cure specific types of medical problems.  For example, according to the community that believes in medicinal wines, "Pear Wine" is valuable in "treating" cellulite. Here is a recipe for it, but remember, I am not endorsing its creation or its supposed health benefits...I am simply relaying the information you requested.

1. Medicinal wine should not be created in a metal container,

2. All fruits used should be cleaned thoroughly (and ideally be organic)

3. 500 grams of pears are used, cut into round pieces.

4. One liter of red wine is added.

5. Boil the mixture until it is 1/2 gone.

6. Strain the mixture into a container (after it cools.)

7. Take 25ml in the morning before eating.

That's about it.  You will have to draw your own conclusions about whether you think this would work or not.  There are medicinal wine "formulas" for all sorts of health problems, the most disgusting of which is probably "onion wine."

As an asterisk, though, I don't want to be responsible for anything that you put into your body.  If you are considering brewing yourself a batch to test its effectiveness, I would not do so without consulting with a medical professional and not begin unless you can do so in a safe, controlled manner.  I can't see anything harmful about this "recipe," but I cannot endorse its use as I am neither a doctor nor "licensed new-age healer" : )