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Used acupuncture for: Anxiety or depression

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2002 who had seen a practitioner for acupuncture in the past 12 months (ACUYR) and had used acupuncture to treat a specific health problem or condition (ACUTREAT), ACUTANXDEP indicates whether the person had used acupuncture to treat anxiety or depression.

Related Variables

Anxiety or depression was one of 72 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with acupuncture.


The other such conditions are:

  • excessive use of alcohol or tobacco (ACUTALCTOB, 2007 only)
  • arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia (ACUTARTHLF, 2002 only)
  • anemia and blood disorders--adults (ACUTBLOOD, 2007 only)
  • bowel problems and constipation (ACUTBOWL, 2002 only)
  • congestive heart failure (ACUTCONGHF, 2002 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (ACUTCTS)
  • dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease (ACUTDEMENT, 2007 only)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (ACUTINFB, 2007 only)
  • irregular heartbeat (ACUTIRRH, 2002 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (ACUTJNTPAIN)
  • macular degeneration (ACUTMACD, 2002 only)
  • allergy to medication (ACUTMALL, 2002 only)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (ACUTMEMLOS, 2007 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (ACUTMLIMB)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (ACUTNLCIRC)
  • other allergies--adults (ACUTOALLA, 2007 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (ACUTOHART)
  • other infectious diseases (ACUTOINF, 2007 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (ACUTOKNEE)
  • Parkinson's disease (ACUTPARK, 2002 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (ACUTPOLIO)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (ACUTRHEUM, 2007 only)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (ACUTSUBST, 2007 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (ACUTVEIN)

Additionally, there are 31 other conditions that both sample adults and sample children could report treating with acupuncture. For the full list of conditions, see ACUTREAT.

Acupuncture is one of 16 modalities of alternative medicine that were included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplements. Respondents could report treating anxiety or depression by 14 of those methods. (The omitted alternative treatments are hypnosis and movement techniques, which were included as treatments for specific health problems in the 2007 survey only. See HYPYR and MOVALEXYR for more information.) Analysts interested in the treatment of anxiety or depression by other alternative therapies should see ACUYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments and a summary of other acupuncture-related questions, as well as definitions.


This variable is only available for 2002. However, separate variables for the treatment of anxiety (ACUTANX) and depression with acupuncture (ACUTDEPRES) are available for 2007.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months and have used acupuncture to treat a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2002