Integrative Care or popularly known as Functional Medicine is a systems biology - based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each Symptom or differential diagnosis my be one of many contributing to an individual's illness.
Functional Medicine recognizes a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual's genes, environment, and lifestyle. Only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptoms suppression.
The Functional Medicine Pathway organizes and prioritizes each patient's health issues, ilicited by a thorough personal, family, social and medical history. This pathways is akin to a web decoder - it organizes what seems to be disparate issues into a complete story to help the clinician gain a comprehensive perspective of the patient and subsequently facilitate discussion of complex, chronic disease with the patient and a pathway towards natural recovery.