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Saw a Botanica, past 12 months

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For sample adults in 2007 who had ever seen a Botanica for health reasons (FOKBOTAN), FOKBOTANYR reports whether the person had seen a Botanica for health reasons in the past 12 months.

Folk medicine was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplements. Although the 2002 Supplement asked about the use of a generic "practitioner for folk medicine," the 2007 Supplement asked about the use of particular kinds of traditional healers, including Botanicas, Curanderos Espiritistas, Native American Medicine Men, Shamans, Sobadors, and Hierberos or Yerberas. For the full list of alternative health treatments covered in the NHIS, and for general background information about the Alternative Health Supplements, see ACUYR.

In 2007, if sample adults gave a positive response to FOKBOTANYR (or to the comparable variables FOKYR [2002 only], FOKCURANYR, FOKESPIRYR, FOKNAMYR, FOKSHAMYR, FOKSOBADYR, or FOKYERBYR, which cover use of specific types of folk medicine in the past 12 months), they were asked a series of follow-up questions (see FOKYR).

In addition, both sample children (2007 only) and sample adults (both 2002 and 2007) who had used any of the eight forms of folk medicine in the past 12 months were asked whether the folk medicine was used to treat a specific medical condition and, if so, what that condition was (see FOKTREAT).


The 2007 Field Representative's Manual says that Botanicas:

are suppliers of healing products, sometimes associated with spiritual interventions.

In 2007 field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."


FOKBOTANYR is only available for 2007. It is fully comparable between sample adults and sample children.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a Botanica and sample children under 18.


  • 2007