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Used 1st herbal supplement for: General wellness

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HER1USWELL indicates whether sample adults had used a first herbal supplement for general health or wellness. Only sample adults who had taken one or more herbal supplements during the past 30 days (HERMOSUPNO) were asked their reasons for using herbal supplements.

Related Variables 

Other reasons for using a first herbal supplement that were recorded by the survey, and the associated IPUMS NHIS variables, are:

  • HER1DRUGCOST (Prescription or non-prescription drugs too expensive)
  • HER1MENT (Improved mental ability or memory)
  • HER1PHYS (Improved physical performance)
  • HER1SEX (Improved sexual performance)
  • HER1TREAT (Treat a disease or health problem)
  • HER1PREV (Prevent a disease or health problem)

For sample adults who had taken two or more herbal supplements in the past 30 days, parallel information was recorded on their reasons for taking the second herbal supplement. (See, for example, HER2USWELL.)

For information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition a "natural herbs," see HERYR.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have taken one or more herbal supplements during the past 30 days.
  • 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