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Used folk medicine for: Dementia

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2007 who had seen a practitioner for folk medicine in the past 12 months (FOKYR) and had used folk medicine to treat a specific health problem or condition (FOKTREAT), FOKTDEMENT indicates whether the person had used folk medicine to treat dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease.

Related Variables

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, was one of 72 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with folk medicine.


The other such conditions are:

  • excessive use of alcohol or tobacco (FOKTALCTOB, 2007 only)
  • arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia (FOKTARTHLF, 2002 only)
  • anemia and blood disorders--adults (FOKTBLOOD, 2007 only)
  • bowel problems and constipation (FOKTBOWL, 2002 only)
  • congestive heart failure (FOKTCONGHF, 2002 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (FOKTCTS)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (FOKTINFB, 2007 only)
  • irregular heartbeat (FOKTIRRH, 2002 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (FOKTJNTPAIN)
  • macular degeneration (FOKTMACD, 2002 only)
  • allergy to medication (FOKTMALL, 2002 only)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (FOKTMEMLOS, 2007 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (FOKTMLIMB)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (FOKTNLCIRC)
  • other allergies--adults (FOKTOALLA, 2007 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (FOKTOHART)
  • other infectious diseases (FOKTOINF, 2007 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (FOKTOKNEE)
  • Parkinson's disease (FOKTPARK, 2002 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (FOKTPOLIO)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (FOKTRHEUM, 2007 only)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (FOKTSUBST, 2007 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (FOKTVEIN)

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

Folk medicine is one of 16 modalities of alternative medicine that were included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplements. Respondents could report treating dementia by 15 of those methods. (The omitted alternative treatment is prayer, which was included as a treatment for specific health problems in the 2002 survey only. See PRASELFEV for more information.) Analysts interested in the treatment of dementia by other alternative therapies should see FOKYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments and a summary of other folk medicine-related questions, as well as definitions.


This variable is only available for 2007. Treatment of many other specific conditions by folk medicine was covered in the 2002 Alternative Health Supplement, but dementia was not identified as a specific condition for treatment by alternative medicine in that year.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a traditional healer during the past 12 months and have seen a traditional healer for a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007