Li Ching Yuen is the man who is known for extreme longevity. He is the one who broke the record of longest life span. Li Ching Yuen spent most of his life in the mountains.
This extreme longevity was possible because of herbs. He used a mixture of herbs and rice wine to make his diet, he followed this diet for his entire life.
Lifespan of Li Ching Yuen:
His date of birth is not confirm. It was claimed that he lived for 256 years while according to some other reports he lived for 197 years. Both of the claims are the longest lifespan which break the record of 122 years of French woman. He was born in 1677 (disputed records) or 1736 (claimed). Li Ching Yuen died on 6 May 1933 (Aged 197 or 256).
Li Ching Yuen was a herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor. He used to collect Chinese herbs from different places. His spouses were 24, his last wife lived after his death. Height of Li Ching Yuen was 7 ft (2.13 m).
As a teacher of martial arts and as a tactical advisor he joined army of provincial Commander-in-Chief Yeuh Jong Chyi.
At the age of 51 he served as a tactical and topography advisor in the army of General Yu Zhongqi. Then at the age of 78 he retired from the army and returned to Snow Mountain in Sichuan Province and started collecting herbs.
Li Ching Yuen with his disciple Yang Hexuan published a book ‘The Secret of Li Qingyun’s Immortality’.
Li Ching Yuen’s Diet:
Li Ching Yuen’s diet was mainly based upon herbs that made him live such a long life. As he was a herbalist he used to collect different herbs and sells them. He also used them as his diet, the herbs that he used are listed below:
- Goji Berry
- Wild Ginseng
- He Shou Wu
- Gotu Kola
He used these and some other Chinese herbs along with rice wine.
Li Ching Yuen told about the secrets of a long life which are as follows:
- Keep a quiet heart
- Sit like a tortoise
- Walk sprightly like a pegion
- Sleep like a dog
These secrets belong to one of his famous quotes and it was included in a report from 15 May 1933 which was based on Li Ching Yun’s history.