Simply treating symptoms does not treat disease. Even if you feel the medications make you feel comfortable, the underlying disease process continues. This means that despite feeling better, you might be getting worse.
Thus, the functional medicine practitioner adopts an integrated approach. The conventional science-based approach uses medications for short-term control. The alternative medicine component works towards long-term health care.
The functional medicine model is ideal for patients with chronic diseases. The approach for Hypothyroidism starts with identifying the root cause which can be the autoimmune trigger or nutritional deficiency or chronic stress. Depending on the specific underlying cause, treatment should be designed.