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China still holds remarkable treasure for her neighbors in the West particularly in the areas of health care medicine and performance enhancement For some reason in the United States the words health care have been used probably to our disadvantage to describe medical intervention There is a vast difference between pre-symptomatic wellness-based health care and post-symptomatic pathology-based medical intervention This is a tragic mistake that has allured honest consumers into believing that they are not knowledgeable enough to take care of themselves In this article health care shall describe caring for and sustaining health as well as enhancing wellness Medicine shall describe activities aimed at attacking pathology defeating disease and regaining or restoring health In China there is profound treasure Marco Polo brought back small portions of it For centuries traders carried bits of it out along the Silk Road Still today there is more treasure that we can borrow from China to enhance our world An aspect of Chinas tradition that the West has completely discounted is the health care system Science has been so busy creating new technologies for treating disease that we in the West believe that health care and medicine are the same thing While we in the West have a fantastic and very expensive system based on treating people after they are sick China has a very inexpensive system of health care based on keeping people well In China there is equal availability of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in hospitals and clinics In China health self-reliance and self-care are prominent aspects of the national health care system In China health care is free What would it be like if medical care based on natural healing methods-including acupuncture massage and herbal medicine along with a strong tradition for self-care-were in place in the United States In China Western medicine has been considered a form of alternative medicine for several hundred years However until 1919 AD traditional Chinese medicine which
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