Symptoms vs. root causes

Symptoms vs. root causes: both are important

What are symptoms and what’s a root cause? In my practice, I help you with both: symptoms and root causes.

This is fundamental for me, for healing is effective long-term only when both elements are taken into account. Therefore, instead of deciding between symptoms vs. root causes in your treatment strategy, look to working with both. 

My approach contrasts starkly to conventional medicine’s standard strategy, which attacks symptoms while disregarding causes. Consider common pain medications, sleeping pills, skin ointments, and medicines prescribed to mask ADHD symptoms. All of these look to tackling symptoms, while ignoring root causes.

This is a mistake, for root causes lie far deeper than symptoms.

I prefer the holistic approach, as both symptoms and root causes are key. When having to choose between symptoms vs. root causes, the choice is “both”.  

On the one hand, it is the symptoms that most acutely trouble clients (you book an appointment with me because of relentless migraines). On the other hand, root causes are what make symptoms arise (your migraines are most frequent and painful when work is stressful).

Symptoms are your body’s way of communicating imbalance

Symptoms are your body’s way of communicating imbalance. Thus, when you treat a symptom but disregard its cause, your body typically manifests new symptoms. It does this to attempt once again to alert you to the imbalance.

What’s a root cause?

Symptoms and root causes are connected, in the same way that flowers and roots are complementary parts of the same plant.

Let’s look again at migraines triggered by stress. When you treat only your headache symptoms without examining your stress response, you’ll soon experience new symptoms in place of migraines. Possibly it will take the form of back pain or fatigue, perhaps an exacerbation of late-night binging or irritability, maybe something else. 

When deciding between symptoms vs. root causes, then best choice is generally “both”.

Balance is everything

If balance between root causes and symptoms is an idea that resonates with you, I invite you to be in touch with me. You can reach me here. You are also invited to check out my Instagram account here.  

Balance is everything.

Have a wonderful day, filled with balance and wellness.  

~ Sat-Sung

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