New York times article from 1930 – a professor from China from the Chengdu University, discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1872 that congratulated Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. Also, there were documents from later on , from 1877, congratulating him his 200th birthday. The correspondent from New York times in 1928 wrote that many of the old men in the neighborhood where Li lived, asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys and Li was already grown man.
Li Ching-Yuen began his herbalist career at the age of 10. He learned the potency for longevity of the herbs and gathered them from the mountains. He survived for almost 40 years on herbs diet. He used herbs like lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and rice wine. In 1749, at the age of 71 he joined the Chinese armies, working like a teacher of matrial arts. He was also loved people from the community, he married 23 times and fathered over 200 children.
In the province where Li lived, there are a lot of tales told about him. Generally it is known that he travelled a lot by his tenth birthday, visiting Tibet, Annam, Siam, Kansu, Shansi and Manchuria , where he gathered herbs. He continued this occupation in his first hundred years of live. Then he started selling herbs that were gathered by others, for example :vlingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola…. And lived on a diet of this herbs and a rice wine.
According to one of Li’ disciples, Li has once met an even older 500-year-old man, who told him how to extend his life to superhuman proportions, also taught him Qigong exercises and recommended him some diets.
What else is there to learn from this long living man …. On his death bed he said, “I have done all that I have to do in this world”. Maybe this line sounding so peaceful, can also lead us to a long and prosperous life.
Many times was Li asked , what the secret to longevity is. Even one time the warlord, Wu Pei-fu took Li into his house so that he can learn the secret of the long living life. His answer to the question was: “ Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”
This man, actually maintained inward calm and peace of mind, that he combined with breathing techniques. Yet, though his diet also helped a lot, it is mesmerizing that Li appoints his secret to the state of the mind.
However, this story is very hard to believe in, yet very suspicious. With the average lifespan of the people sitting between 70-85 years, finding out that someone lived hundred years or so, seems quite successful.
Surely, we have to keep in mind that there are people over the world , who don’t live grueling life, don’t stress out, aren’t breathing polluted air and of course, exercise regularly, their food do not have pesticides on them, no alcohol and cigarettes, no pills… they don’t live in standard condition.
Also, they get proper sleep, spend time in nature, practice breathing techniques.
We must keep in mind that, our bodies are the only ones we have and we must treat them right. If we do that, who knows how long we can live?????……..