I began taking viburnum/cramp bark about a year ago and have been raving to everybody about how amazing it is. Nothing else has ever done a thing for me, but fifteen minutes after I chew a pinch of it and I’m good for hours. It tastes like potatoes.
I never cramped when I was younger, only once I started developing diarrhea with my period. I think everything was trying to go into overdrive and expelling everything with general, spasming peristalsis. It was only ever on the first day, but it was draining and feverish. Viburnum stopped the diarrhea even happening, as it’s an anti-spasmodic. On top of this, I started taking iron supplements for a few days before a period, and this has helped the ‘drained’ feeling quite a bit. It depends on your particular symptoms.