For example we can use the oft referred to splinter to illustrate RCR. When someone gets a splinter in their finger, the bit of material embedded in the skin causes pain, swelling, tenderness, and if left there, puss and all the symptoms of an infection. If antibiotics, pain medication, or even antiinflammatories are given, these remedies obviously do not resolve the root cause of the symptoms. In fact these remedies prevent the body's innate response of swelling and puss that would eventually rid the body of the offending splinter! This is an example of symptom suppression, or responding to symptoms without resolving the root cause.
Of course by contrast, RCR discovers the underlying reason for the pain, swelling, tenderness and puss; the splinter. It then endeavors to disclose to the client that the best course of action to remedy their symptoms is the removal of he splinter.
So in relating to the vast majority of dis-ease today, many Naturopaths and other similar Functional or Integrative doctors have honed in on a few common causes of symptom complexes. We understand that our world is awash with a myriad toxins, and that the majority of people are being overrun by them. Our systems were not made nor meant to deal with such brute onslaught of hormone disruptors, excitotoxins, metabolic poisons, inappropriate foods,etc in the laundry list of contaminants in our everyday lives. That said, the human organism is incredibly endowed with amazing powers of adaptation. I believe that it is within nearly everyone's reach to live healthfully in our world today, if only we were to take extra steps to make sure our physiology is running at full efficiency, and that we check our exposure to the majority of the chemicals.
Because certain toxins and chemicals inhibit our body from effectively taking care of itself, we have honed in on them. These toxins are the ones that fundamentally change our ability to detoxify from all the other chemicals. So much so that, once exposed to one of these, our ability to handle common things such as gluten, casein, peanuts, or detergents, is severely hampered.
Whew! All this time you were worried that your many symptoms had to be dealt with separately, what a relief! Maybe you have sought diagnosis for your symptoms, and were met with something like, psychosomatic disorder, or even a referral to a psychiatrist. Folks, there is hope of recapturing full and vital health, whether your symptom complex has diagnosis or not.
Solving the root cause of your symptom complex is probably easier than you would have thought. But, maybe it is harder or more work than you might have expected to put in. Choosing to work with a compassionate, knowledgeable professional to help navigate your way to true health is one of the best investments anyone can make. Healthy people are happy people. When you are no longer expending masses of energy just to get through your day, your moods are stable and you enjoy life to it's fullest, you can help others around you attain such lofty ideals, too.