Illness does not occur without any reason. Underlying causes of disease must be sought and treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are the expressions the body's effort to heal, but are not the trigger of diseases. So, it's a great folly to suppress the symptoms with treatment. Doctors and surgeons treat instead of removing causes. The elimination of the symptom is never the same as the elimination of the disease. In Allopathy, a symptom is usually thought of as the patient's real disease and the effort is to hold back, decrease or eliminate this symptom. This is often an irrational way of addressing the underlying cause and this trend is never going bring any efficacious healing. The Naturopath seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than to merely root out or suppress symptoms.