The herbalist Li Ching-Yuen had discovered the fountain of youth in 17 century and lived till 1933.
According to the official records, herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 (although he himself claimed that he was born in 1736). Throughout his long life, he constantly practiced herbalism and martial arts.
In 1930, the New York Times newspaper printed an article in which they published official Chinese government documents that were uncovered. These documents, dating back to 1827, contained official congratulations on Li Ching-Yuen’s 150th birthday.
Later documents, dating back to 1877, contained official congratulations on his 200th birthday.
In the early 20 century, the Chinese army general Yang Sen invited Li to visit him, and offered him an opportunity to teach Chinese soldiers martial arts. The general could not believe how youthful his guest was, even though he had reached an age of 250 years old.
Li Ching-Yuen died on the 6th of May in 1933.
During his untypically long life, he had 23 wives and raised more than 200 children!
He told his students that he had completed all his tasks in this lifetime, and he was now ready to come home. How did he do that? Li Ching-Yuen expressed his longevity formula in one sentence: “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog”.
In fact Li is reported to have found a “fountain of youth” in the shape of medicinal plants growing on the hills of Yunnan and Kweichow. Li Ching-Yun has records to show he was born in 1677, during the reign of the emperor Kang Hai, the second emperor of the Manchu dynasty. He was a druggist in his youth, and ddruing his research for medicinal plants on the mountains of Yunnan, discovered the herbs which have so remarkably prolonged his life. Let’s hope the researchers who dig in the facts and gaps around Li’s extraordinary story will soon find out the magical herbs and will keep us informed.