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What is the secret of a long, happy, healthy life? Longevity with martial arts, superfoods and herbs

Holistic medicine and Qigong: the secrets of 256 year-old Li Ching Yuen

Can anyone live for more than a hundred years?

This phenomenon is very rare. Official records state that there is a man who even more than doubled this! A Chinese herbalist Qigong kung-fu master Li Ching Yuen(1677-1933) practiced martial arts and consumed superfoods and herbs achieving longevity never heard of before.

The secret of longevity is martial arts, superfoods and herbs.

Li Ching Yuen’s recipe for longevity:: martial arts, superfoods, medicinal mushrooms and herbs.

Herbalist kung-fu master with 23 wives and 200 children

Master Li Ching Yuen began his career as a herbalist at the age of 10 gathering herbs in mountain ranges and learning their potency for longevity. For almost 40 years, he lived on a diet of herbs such as Lingzhi medicinal mushroom (Reishi, Ganoderma lucidum), goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu, gotu kola and rice wine. These herbs and superfoods like Cordyceps sinensis and Spirulina platensis boost and fortify our immune systems like steroids, but in a healthy, natural, beneficial way.

At the age of 71, he started teaching martial arts for Chinese armies.  Li married 23 times and was a father to over 200 children.

The Turtle-Pigeon-Dog Triangle

Animals play a key role in Kung-fu,  and Master Li, also referred to animals when he revealed part of his secret to well-being.

He referred to another 3 animals: the Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog “triangle”. His good advice was:

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

Sitting calmly, peacefully like a turtle is one the secrets of well-being.

“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a turtle, …”

One of the keys to well-being is walking swiftly like a pigeon, according to Grandmaster Li Ching Yuen.

“…walk sprightly like a pigeon …”

Sleeping like a dog, who lives in the moment and is balanced is one of the key factors of well-being. (Li Ching Yuen, 256-year-old kung-fu master)

“…and sleep like as dog.”

Living stress free is of extreme importance, as negative thoughts or emotional stress are the main causes of 70% of  (psychosomatic) illnesses. Thinking about what we want makes universal energy flow in our favour and while we imagine our goals, we are filled with positivity and happiness. Practicing breathing techniques, meditation, spending time in nature also helps to maintain a balanced spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being, as these make our personality whole.

Animals have key importance in kung-fu.

The five animals of Shaolin kung-fu: crane, ape, bear, deer, tiger.

Living life  in the quest for optimal health and wellness according to the principals of Holistic medicine helps to lengthen and raise the quality of our lifespan. Prefering prevention to treatment and embracing positive emotions only be letting go of the negative all help achieving a balanced and healhy life.

Symbols of longevity: apple, books, meditation, nature.

“Reach out, feel the Force around you” (Master Yoda)

Being grateful for what you have is also of key importance in achieving balance in my life. I am just writing a blog about this, you can read it here when it is ready.

Picture sources:

Tony Jaa meditation: http://www.desimartini.com/

Circle Walking Qigong: whitetigerqigong.com

Meditating boy: http://www.tomvmorris.com/blog/

I originally published this writing of mine on my previous, now inactive website on 6th December, 2015. Its title was: ”Holistic medicine and Qigong: The secrets of 256 year-old Li Ching Yuen”. I readited and improved it, hopefully you agree and enjoed it. J