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The Good Health and Longevity of Li Qing Yun

Gilded lion in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. (Image: BriYYZ   via   wikimedia /  CC BY-SA 2.0)
Gilded lion in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. (Image: BriYYZ via wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

According to legend, Li Qing Yun was a traditional Chinese medicine physician, herbal expert, qigong master, and tactical consultant.  In May 1933, Time magazine reported on Li in an article entitled Tortoise-Sparrow-Dog, in which he revealed his secrets for longevity: Maintain a tranquil mind, sit like a turtle, walk like a sparrow, and sleep like a dog.

Secrets for maintaining good health

Li claimed that his good health and longevity came from three things: A vegetarian lifestyle, maintaining inner peace, and drinking wolfberry tea. He insisted that maintaining inner peace was the key for longevity, while wolfberry performs a role in the removal of toxins that have accumulated in the blood and liver, all of which help maintain normal tissue and organ functions.

His diet largely consisted of vegetables, a little rice, and an occasional red wine.

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Wolfberry inhibits the accumulation of fat and promotes new cell development in the liver. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Li had quite different habits in his daily living. He did not drink liquor or smoke, and he ate his simple meals at regular times. He went to bed early and got up early. When he had time, he sat with his back straight, his eyes closed, and his hands on his lap, and meditated for a few hours at a time.

He grew long finger nails on his left hand and used little bamboo covers to protect them. He cut them off when they were six inches long and stored them in a wooden box. He was a quiet man and spoke only occasionally, and then only of things that were relevant.

A cup of wolfberry tea.

A cup of wolfberry tea. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

He had 24 wives in his lifetime, but did not share a room with them. Still, he was reportedly the father of over 200 children. He specialized in treating ailments of the eyes and bones. He liked to tour the country and treat illnesses as he traveled. He charged a high price for his services that provided a living for his large family.

In his spare time, he played cards but always managed to lose enough money each time for his opponent to buy a meal. Many remembered him as a decent and honest man who never got angry.

Li Qing Yun (pictured) claimed that his good health and longevity came from three things: being a vegetarian, maintaining inner peace and drinking wolfberry tea. He insisted that maintaining inner peace was a must for longevity. (Gzdavidwong/Wikipedia)

Li Qing Yun (pictured) claimed that his good health and longevity came from three things: Being a vegetarian, maintaining inner peace, and drinking wolfberry tea. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Li spent his whole life studying Chinese herbs and searching for the secrets to longevity. He travelled through China to collect herbs.

Exactly how long Li lived is unknown. When people asked him how old he was, he answered that he was over 200 years old.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translated by Natashe Yang 

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