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How an Herbalist, "lived" for 256 years

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Every individual has this idle desire of growing very old and healthy with their grandchildren swarming the compound in a frenzy. This concept doesn't always come to fruition, due to various uncontrolled circumstances, such as life expectancy of the region. 

The world is full of chaos, and we all are trying to survive in it.

The Man Who Refused to Die

Meet Li Ching-Yuen a Chinese herbalist, who survived all the odds and lived an astonishing 256 years! Yes, you read right, 256 years!

According to an article published in the New York Times in 1930, Wu Chun Chaya, a university professor, uncovered an Imperial Chinese government document from 1827 in which he congratulated Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday and later on his 200th birthday in 1877.

In 1928, a reporter from the New York Times reported that many of Lee's neighborhood's old men claimed that their grandfathers knew him when they were young, and he was a grown man at that time.

His Secret Journey

Li Ching-Yuen reportedly began his career at the age of 10. He gathered herbs and learned of their potency for longevity, for almost 40 years.

He survived on a diet of herbs such as Lingzi, goji berries, wild ginseng, He shoo woo, gotu kola, and rice wine.

In 1749 at the age of 71, he joined the Chinese Army as a teacher of martial arts.

Li, according to the generally accepted tales of him in his province, was said to be a much-loved figure in his culture, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children.

Li was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday, he had journeyed to Cansu, Shansi, Tibet Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs.

In his first hundred years, he continued at this occupation and then later switched to selling of herbs gathered by others.

He wasn't the only one who was on this incredible journey, Li once encountered an even older 500-year-old man, who taught him Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help him extend his lifespan to superhuman proportions.

Apart from Qigong and herbs of rich diets, what else can we learn from this master of longevity? On his deathbed Li famously said “I have done all that I have to do in this world” could his peaceful last words also hint at one of the biggest secrets to a long and prosperous life?

Biggest Secret Revealed
When Li was asked what his secret was to longevity, he replied:

“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”

These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu pei-fu the Warlord who took Li into his house to learn the secret of an extremely long life.

Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind combined with breathing techniques were all his secrets to incredible longevity.

Obviously, his diets played a major role but it's fascinating that the late oldest person in recorded history attributed his long life to his state of mind.

With the average lifespan of African region currently sitting at 61.2 years, the thought of someone living over 100 years old seems unimaginable.