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Took Echinacia, past 12 months

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For sample adults in 2000 and sample adults and children in 2012 who had taken any mixed or single herbal or botanical supplement during the past 12 months (HERYR), HERYECH indicates whether the person had taken echinacea during the past 12 months.

Echinacea was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the 2012 Complementary and Alternative Health Supplements. If sample respondents gave a positive response to HERYECH, they were asked a series of follow-up questions. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to learn more about these variables.

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Echinacea is one possible herbal supplement that respondents could report using during the past year in the 2000 and 2012 surveys.


There were slight changes in question wording and flashcards over time. For the wording of questions in a specific year, please refer to the "Survey Text" tab. Additionally the number of herbs asked about in each survey was different.


  • 2000: Sample adults age 18+ who took herbal supplements in past 12 months.
  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have used natural herbs for their health during the past 12 months.
  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4-17 who have taken herbs or other non-vitamin supplements in the past 12 months.


  • 2000, 2002, 2012