Codes and Frequencies
HER1COUN identifies those who had also received counseling for the condition for which they most used a first herbal supplement (HER1TCONMOST). Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for important information on changes that may affect the comparability of this variable over time.
For more information on the about the use of other conventional medical treatments (or no conventional treatment) for the condition for which the first herbal supplement was used the most please see HER1PMEDTIM. For information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition of "natural herbs," see HERYR.
Prior to 2012, in universe persons were asked about a series of specific health problems, symptoms, or conditions they may have treated with different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Beginning in 2012, persons were instead asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked the series of questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions about these top three therapies. Persons who did not include a first herbal supplement among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow up questions for this therapy beginning in 2012 and are reported as responding no.
Additionally, sample children aged 4-17 are included in the universe beginning in 2012. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have taken one or more herbal supplements during the past 30 days and took the first herbal supplement to treat or cure a specific health problem or condition.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have reported having at least one top CAM therapy and using this therapy to treat a specific health problem or condition.
- 2007, 2012