Traditional medicine typically labels a person with a medical condition and often uses prescription medications to control the symptoms of a condition. Functional & integrative medicine look deeper into the causes of a condition and search for correction of the condition. Causes may be due to epigenetic changes, toxin exposures, infections, deficiencies or excess of nutrients, and biochemical imbalances. Every patient receives an individual medical investigation and treatment plan.
Think of it this way, if someone is constipated, is he deficient in Miralax? Perhaps he has a gut infection. If someone is depressed, does she have an anti-depressant deficiency? Perhaps she has an amino acid deficiency.