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Bought self-help book or other materials to learn about ayurveda

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Description

For sample adults and children in 2012 whose have seen a practitioner for ayurveda in the past 12 months, AYUBOOK reports whether they bought a self-help book or other materials such as a DVD, CD, or video to learn about ayurveda. For sample children, AYUBOOK reports whether a family member bought a self-help book or other materials to learn about the sample child's use of ayurveda.

Ayurveda was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Alternative Health Supplements.

Definitions 

The 2012 Field Representative's Manual defines ayurveda as:

Ayurveda is a system of medicine that originated in India several thousand years ago. In the United States, Ayurveda is considered a type of CAM and a whole medical system. As with other such systems, it is based on theories of health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems. Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit (thus, some view it as "holistic"). This balance is believed to lead to contentment and health and to help prevent illness. However, Ayurveda also proposes treatments for specific health problems, whether they are physical or mental. A chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease, and this is believed to help reestablish harmony and balance.

Field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."

Related Variables
Additional information about the use of ayurveda was collected for respondents who reported using ayurveda in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency and cost of use. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to explore these variables.

Comparability

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Universe

  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children of ages 4-17 who have seen a practitioner for ayurveda in the past 12 months.

Availability

  • 2012

Weights

  • No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to AYUBOOK for more information.