Preventive medicine or preventive care is the measures taken to prevent illness or injury, rather than curing them.
This type of care is best exemplified by hand washing and immunizations. Preventive medical practitioners practice medicine like acupuncture, massage, Herbology, supplementation, nutraceuticals, exercise, diet, life style modifications in the effort to prevent disease before it occurs.
Professionals involved in this ideology of this public health aspect, practice a more holistic approach to treating patients. This involves the treatment of the body, mind, and spirit.
Preventive care may include examinations and screening tests tailored to an individual’s age, health, and family history. For example, a person with a family history of certain cancers or other diseases would be screened at an earlier age and/or more frequently than those with no family history. This also applies to cardiac health, endocrine balancing, and immune support. This aids in the prevention of disease.