National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Overview of NCCAM Rare Diseases in Children Research Activities, FY 2000 - FY 2005
NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alterative medicine (CAM) healing practices in
the context of rigorous science. To achieve this goal, NCCAM:
- Identifies and evaluates CAM treatment, diagnostic, and prevention modalities in each of the
broad domains of CAM.
- Conducts or supports clinical trials, basic science research, epidemiological studies, health
services research, and other appropriate research and investigational activities.
- Studies CAM treatment, diagnostic, and prevention systems, modalities, disciplines, and their
potential for integration into the health care delivery system.
All diseases or conditions for which CAM is used are of concern to NCCAM. NCCAM therefore
supports research in the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of several rare diseases and
Ongoing, New, and Planned Research Initiatives in Rare Diseases in Children
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
NCCAM currently supports a phase II clinical trial (FY 1998-FY 2003) at the University of Arizona to
evaluate two alternative or complementary medical modalities (osteopathic manipulation and
acupuncture) that have been used in children to reduce complications associated with cerebral palsy
versus a control group (therapeutic play). Of particular interest will be evaluations of the incorporation
of and compliance with the two modalities in the participating groups already providing clinical services.