A great example of the difference between functional and conventional medicine would be in how to treat a skin rash. If you develop a rash and go to see your traditional doctor, you may leave with a cream of some sort to treat the rash.
In the functional medicine world, we will break down everything from environmental exposures, stress, sleep, food exposures, autoimmune tendencies and much more to determine why the rash developed in the first place.
That doesn't mean that the cream is not helpful. In fact, sometimes both approaches can work very well together. If we find the underlying cause, we can prevent future rashes and limit how much additional medication you need in the future.