In the integrative and functional medicine community, there is a great emphasis on understanding the underlying causes of conditions rather than just treating the symptoms. Fully understanding why symptoms are happening and focusing treatments on the actual condition offers a better chance for true healing.
The more practitioners understand about the underlying condition, the better they can explain the condition and its treatment options to patients. Such explanations allow patients to make healthier and more informed decisions and truly participate in their ongoing health rather than just dutifully popping a handful of pills to mask ever-worsening symptoms. And when the condition that needs understanding is something that happens to half the population, has substantial and varied symptoms, and lasts for multiple years—a condition like menopause—the payoff to taking a more integrative approach can mean the difference between a long list of unpleasant symptoms and a positive time of healing and growth.