The Mystery of a 256-year-old Herbalist

Many foods can help extend your lifespan. (Image: Wechat)

Li Ching-Yuen, the 256-year-old Chinese herbalist who died in 1933, is a mystery, that’s for sure. Official records state he was born in 1677; however, this is disputed.

Then, how is it possible to live for so long?

Li Ching-Yuen shared his secret to longevity: “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”

Li Ching-Yuen was a herbalist and sold traditional Chinese herbs, such as ginseng, goji berry, and gotu kola, all of which have a fortifying effect on the body.

This wise old fellow certainly knew something most of us fail to realize: he understood the power of thoughts, and the effect they have on your health. Modern science also backs this up, saying that 70% of illness is due to negative thoughts or emotional stress.

Li Ching-Yuen practiced martial arts and qigong, which are ancient Chinese practices. Both help to temper emotions, develop focus and patience, and cultivate a solid moral character.

True story or not, we can all take away a message here: your health and longevity are broad and dependent upon your mind, as well as how you respect your physical body.


Li Ching-Yuen, the world’s oldest man. (wikipedia)

Li Ching-Yuen, the world’s oldest man. (Image: Wikipedia)

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