Symptoms, such as nausea, constipation, cramping, acne, backache, breast swelling and tenderness, headache, bloating and mood swings, among others, a few days prior to menstruation are so wide-spread, especially among young women, that they are seen as a normal consequence of the monthly cycle. Even women, who suffer debilitating pain, often go no further than an over-the-counter pain medication to find relief. Yet, painful periods are not normal and if not addressed, might lead to even more complicated problems down the line. Although the underlying causes for painful periods are many and may vary greatly among individuals, from a Chinese medicine point of view, they are almost always related to some form of energetic blockage or deficiency, both of which are easily addressed with acupuncture, herbs, and, often, dietary changes. Sometimes only a few sessions are needed to resolve the issue and eliminate the need for pain medication, while occasional “tune-ups” may prevent recurrence of symptoms. Many women find acupuncture for PMS to be an overall calming and restorative experience.