one of the reasons acupuncture is listed by insurance companies as a rebatable form of healthcare was because of its being used to successfully treat many cases of pms. if nutritional therapy doesn't work for you, maybe try it out.
ps @ Danielle- salient observation that every woman's body has its own needs.
Usually, when you are taking Calcium, its advised to take a bit of Magnesium. Both of them need to be added together.
Magnesium totally sets off my IBS - took me years to figure that out.
Magnesium & Vitamin K REALLY helps me too with menstrual discomfort. Every woman's body has it's own needs I suppose.
I used to have severe cramps. I now eat a low fat vegan diet high in fiber, dink tons of mint fennel raspberry leaf , ginger tea.I stay away from fried foods, msg, fake sugar, coffee, soda, smoke and booze. Now my cramps are mild.
My accupuncturist has given me an aromatherapy patch to place over my lower abdomen when the cramps hit. It's from "naturopatch of vermont--rose geranium body patch". It's very helpful--and also helps with headaches.
Your source neglected to mention a very effective and inexpensive remedy for menstrual (or any muscle) cramps:
MAGNESIUM. The many conditions magnesium helps are discussed in a wonderful book by Dr. Carolyn Dean called The Magnesium Miracle. I have found that magnesium is more effective than calcium for reducing cramps, headaches, insomnia, and much more.