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Ever saw a Botanica

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For sample adults in 2007, FOKBOTAN reports whether the person had ever seen a Botanica for health reasons. Those who answered affirmatively were asked whether they had seen a Botanica in the past 12 months (FOKBOTANYR). In 2007, data on the use of Botanicas in the past year was also collected for sample children.

FOKBOTAN is part of a series of variables dealing from the 2002 and 2007 supplements on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In those years, respondents were asked about their use of folk medicine and 15 other modalities of alternative medicine.

Some of the NHIS questions dealing with folk medicine changed between 2002 and 2007. In 2002, sample adults were asked whether they had ever seen a generic provider or practitioner for folk medicine (see FOKEV).

However, in 2007, sample adults were asked if they had ever seen particular types of folk medicine practitioners, including Botanicas. The other traditional healers recognized in the 2007 survey included Curanderos (FOKCURAN), Espiritistas (FOKESPIR), Native American Medicine Men (FOKNAM), Shamans (FOKSHAM), Sobadores (FOKSOBAD), and Hierberos/Yerberas (FOKYERB).

For more information about the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health supplements, see ACUYR. For more information about the full range of variables related to folk medicine, including definitions, see FOKYR.


FOKBOTAN is only available for 2007.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2007