Dong Feng [a Chinese physician from approximately 300 A.D.]… practiced medicine in the Lushan Mountains, where his skill and deeds became legend. He treated his patients but did not charge them a fee. If he cured someone with a serious illness, he asked him to plant five apricot trees on the mountain slope. If he cured someone of a general illness, he would ask him to plant one tree. Because of his fame, people came from far distances to be cared for by him and over time the apricot trees became a forest with many thousands of trees. He reportedly posted a sign that read: “Those who want to buy apricots do not need to tell me, but could just leave a liter of rice in exchange for a liter of apricots.” The rice that was exchanged for apricots helped those who were having financial difficulties or refugees fleeing famine. Dong Feng is credited with having saved and helped over 20,000 people in his lifetime. People later came to refer to traditional Chinese medicine as “Apricot Tree Forest.”… Apricot trees still grow in the place where Dong Fend practiced medicine 1800 years ago.