Li Ching-Yuen at the age of 250
One of the most famous tales in all of Chinese medicine is that of a master herbalist, healer and mountain man known as Li Ching-Yuen. His death in 1933 was reported in newspapers across the world, including obituaries that ran in both Time magazine and the New York Times. He was said to have buried 23 wives and had been living with his 24th, a woman of 60, and had 180 descendants stretching back eleven generations. The fingernails of his venerable right hand were six inches long, yet he appeared to be man somewhere in his 60â€™s. A posthumous account written three years after his death by Chinese General Yang Sen entitled â€œA Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man.”, described him as having stood seven feet tall with good eyesight, a brisk stride and a ruddy complexion. Li Ching-Yuen was 256 years old.
Imperial records indicate Li Chung Yun was born in 1677 in Chyi Jiang Hsie, Szechuan province. He spent most of his life in the mountain ranges gathering herbs and knowledge of longevity methods. In 1748, when he was 71 years old, he moved to Kai Hsien to join the Chinese army as teacher of the martial arts and as a tactical advisor. Records state that the Imperial Chinese government congratulated him both on his 150th and 200th birthdays. Correspondents from the New York Times in 1928 reported that the oldest residents in Szechuan claimed that their grandfathers had known him when they were children, and looked much the same as he had upon his death.
Some claim that Li Ching-Yuen was born in 1677 in Qi Jiang Xian, Szechuan province. By his own account, he was born in 1736. However, in a 1930 New York Times article, Professor Wu Chung-chieh of the University of Chengdu discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827, congratulating one Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man.
He began gathering herbs in the mountain ranges at the age of ten, and also began learning of longevity methods, surviving on a diet of herbs and rice wine. He lived this way for the first 40 years of his life. In 1749, when he was 71 years old, he moved to Kai Xian to join the Chinese army as a teacher of the martial arts and as a tactical advisor.
One of his disciples, the Taijiquan Master Da Liu told of Master Li’s story: at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit, over 500 years old, in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qigong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations. Da Liu reports that his master said that his longevity “is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every day â€“ regularly, correctly, and with sincerity â€“ for 120 years.”
In 1927, Li Ching Yuen was invited by General Yang Sen to visit him in Wan Xian, Szechuan where his famous portrait was photographed. The general was fascinated by his youthfulness, strength and prowess in spite of his advanced age. Returning home, he died a year later, some say of natural causes; others claim that he told friends that “I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home.” After Li’s death, General Yang Sen investigated the truth about his claimed background and age and wrote a report about his findings that was later published.
He worked as a herbalist, promoting the use of wild reishi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs. Li had also supposedly produced over 200 descendents during his life span, surviving 23 wives.
References about Qi Gong Master Li Ching Yuen
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, in his book “Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong”, says that Li Ching-Yuen was a Chinese herbalist skilled in Qigong who spent most of his life in the mountains. In 1927, the National Revolutionary Army General Yang Sen (æšæ£®), invited him to his residence in Wann Hsien, Szechuan province, where the picture shown in this article was taken.
Chinese General Yang Sen wrote a report about him, “A Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man”, where he described Li Ching Yuen’s appearance: “He has good eyesight and a brisk stride; Li stands seven feet tall, has very long fingernails, and a ruddy complexion.”
Stuart Alve Olson’s 2002 book “Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching Yuen” teaches the practice of the “Eight Brocade Qigong” learned with the Taijiquan Master T. T. Liang (Liang Tung Tsai), who learned it from the General Yang Sen.
According to legend, Li Ching Yuen was the creator of Jiulong Baguazhang (or Nine Dragons Baguazhang).
The Taoist Master Liu Pai Lin (åŠ‰ç™¾é½¡), who lived in São Paulo, Brazil from 1975 until 2000, had in his classroom another photograph of Master Li Ching Yuen unknown to the West. In this photo his face is clearly visible, as are his long and curled fingernails. Master Liu had met him personally in China, and considered him as one of his Masters. He used to say that Master Li answered to him that the fundamental taoist practice is to learn to keep the “Emptiness” (Wuji). Master Liu’s son, Master Liu Chih Ming, teaches the 12 Silks Qigong in CEMETRAC, as transmitted by Master Li.
Some theories say that there may be “transfer” of parent-child roles, son, grandson, thus explaining their longevity
Many cultures around the world, particularly in India, Tibet and China, tell of remarkable longevity achieved by spiritual (yogic and taoist) adepts. Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi” with Immortal sage, Babaji and Peter Kelder’s “The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth” being examples.
But 250 years reached the longevity limit of humanity? As a authentic Qigong practitioner myself, I can say: thatâ€™s far from reaching the limit. Because in fact, there is no limit.
To know much more wonderful miracles of some other junior Qi Gong masters, please read:
Bone-Marrow washing (Yi Jin Jing)
Shih Shui Kung also known as Iron Shirt
Iron Shirt, Bone Marrow Washing, Iron Crotch, Iron Body, Genital Weight Lifting, it has been called many names. But the real name is Shih Shui Kung which means Bone Marrow Washing. This is the strongest chi kung and nei kung training there is.
What is Shih-Shui?
Shih-Shui (pronounced she-sway), also known as â€˜Bone Marrow Washingâ€™ is a component of the ancient Taoist Little Nine Heaven system which originated in China almost 2000 years ago. Shih- Shui is an advanced form of chi-kung/nei-kung that focuses on strengthening the internal body and increasing sexual energy with a goal to optimize and preserve the health of the body, mind and spirit. It consists primarily of a series of special breathing and strengthening exercises along with specific energy circulation techniques. Shih-Shui can be practiced alongside and will enhance any other discipline. Any adult man or woman can learn and gain the benefits of Shih-Shui.
What are the Health Benefits of Practicing Shih-Shui?
Shih-Shui promotes feelings of youthfulness and clearer sharper thinking. A robust immune system, strong bones and supple ligaments are among the results of regular practice Shih-Shui will build up the Testosterone level, prevent premature ejaculation, build up the immune system, purify the bone marrow, increase bone density, and strengthen the prostate gland to prevent problems with that organ which have become such a major concern for menâ€™s health in the past few years. For a man, it will increase the blood supply to your penis which will keep the erection stronger even well into his senior years. Shih-Shui can provide these and many more benefits that address a variety of health issues that have a direct correlation to aging and diseases associated with aging.
For a woman, these same exercises will strengthen and tighten the vaginal muscles which can greatly enhance her sexual pleasure. It will also have the effect of putting energy into the ovaries and vagina, making her arousal and orgasm easier to achieve. Shih Shui can also help woman build up the Estrogen level in their bodies, and will increase bone density. This training can prevent vagina prolapse the condition in which pelvic organs such as uterus, small bowel, bladder, urethra and sometimes the vagina wall itself begins to protrude through the vagina. Often, with traditional medicine, major surgical procedures such as hysterectomy are required to alleviate these serious conditions. Yet through the practice of Shih-Shui many women may find that these radical treatments can be eliminated.
Nei Dan Formulas as Stages of Cultivating Original Qi
Why is Shih-Shui so Effective?
We go to various health clubs to tone our external bodies so we can look good, but seldom do we give a thought about toning our internal organs. Bodybuilders both men and women strengthen every part of their bodies accept the most important muscle/organ the one they have the most fun with, the one that is most useful, the muscle/organ that is keeping us healthy, happy and strong and that is their sexual organ. Why? The Shih Shui exercise is the most powerful exercise there is that does this and more and is very simple to do, if taught correctly. Most importantly, it is natural with no side effects.
Shih-Shui works directly on areas of the body that are often neglected or ignored completely. Shih-Shui is a holistic discipline that can help the practitioner to attain elevated functioning and harmony of the body and mind. Benefits are usually felt within the first two-weeks of training.
Where does Shih-Shui come from?
The origins of Shih-Shui (pronounced she-sway) can be traced back to the time of Huang-Ti the Yellow Emperor of China (2698 BC). Little Nine Heaven Wu Tao Kung Fu, originally passed down to only one Taoist priest per generation, has recently been introduced to the outside world. Honorable Grandmaster Chiao Chang-Hung, is the 33rd generation teacher of this little known martial arts system, which is the oldest Taoist system known today. It consists of three skills: ju kung (nine chamber fist), chiankuan jen (swordmanship); and Shih Shui (bone marrow washing). In skill, it is based on the Tao’s practice of the balancing between yin and yang to relax the tendons and bones, and to perform marrow washing. It is actually an exclusive literature and a rich inheritance passed down through the centuries by word of mouth.
The lineage of the Little Nine Heaven system, which includes Shih-Shui, was handed down from generation to generation until it reached the Taoist priest Lushan Daoren. In the early 1800â€™s Lushan Daoren established a new Little Nine Heaven temple on Yi Wu Lu Mountain in northeastern China. He was believed to have been over 150 years of age. Young Chiao would often visit a Taoist temple located on the family property in Northeastern China. With his grandfatherâ€™s permission, Chiao entered the monastery at the age of 17 to study the Hsiao Chiu-Tien (Little Nine Heaven) system. In the early 1900â€™s Lushan Daoren taught the system to Chiao Chang-Hung. Years later with the Communist take-over of the Mainland China he immigrated to Taiwan and started teaching Hsing-I, Pa-Kua and Little Nine Heaven Wu Tao. The Honorable Grandmaster Chiao Chang-Hung became a living legend in the martial art world of today for his many incredible skills. James McNeil is
Grandmaster Chiaoâ€™s only American student. In 1984 he received the highest honor any man could receive, that was the Little Nine Heaven sword, which signified James McNeil is an official Little Nine Heaven Wu Tao indoor student of Grandmaster Chiao Chang-Hung.
Step-by-Step Description of the Routine of Yin Jin Jing
ANTI-AGING NOTES – “NEI KUNG”
The more powerful methods known as “nei kung” create “internal movements” of subtle energy by training the patient to use visualization of meridians (i.e. the “microcosmic orbit”), sub-vocal sound frequencies focused on the vital organs (the “six healing sounds”), or by evoking emotional states (the “inner smile”) or even by redirecting sexual energy from the genital area to stimulate the endocrine gland system, kidneys and the production of blood in the bone marrow.
This second approach using qigong prescriptions requires some self- discipline on the part of the patient, but because the patient is taught how to take responsibility for their own healing it generally produces the most effective and lasting results. Once the patient learns to generate “chi” or “qi” within themselves, the results are not limited to self-healing. You may continue to practice the qigong to achieve ever higher levels of wellness and spiritual awareness.
The Taoists are famous in China for their medical qigong. They claim to use neigong to tap into the universal pool of pre-natal jing. Medically, this means you can replace the “acquired jing’ from your parents that is gradually spent, the depletion of which causes one to age. A high level practitioner of neigong is considered an “immortal”, since death now becomes a voluntary event, not an unconscious process that forces us out of our body. There are many cases of people claiming to regrow hair, teeth, repair diseased organs, or recover from near death conditions.
This focus on tapping into the universal pool of pre-natal jing defines one of the differences between “classical qigong” (largely suppressed by the Communists as being too spiritual) and “modern TCM qigong”. Classical qigong might also focus more heavily on the Eight Extra Meridians and the role of the five vital organ shen (zhang fu spirits, or intelligences) that regulate the flow of qi in the five elements cycle. In Taoist neigong, these practices include the famous “Microcosmic Orbit” and the more
secret “Fusion of the Five Elements”. The five types of qi are fused into a “pearl” of concentrated or purified consciousness that has the power to dissolve deep physical or emotional trauma.
This type of healing method is known as “nei dan”. Dr. Cai Jung, the head of the qigong dept. at Shi Yuan (western and TCM) Hospital in Beijing told me that “out of the 50 or so systems of qigong I have studied, Taoist nei dan is the best foundation for qigong healing I have yet found”. The higher steps in nei dan training are often referred to as “Kan and Li” (Water and Fire) practices, a kind of internal sexual coupling of the body’s yin-yang elements. This alchemical process, formerly kept very secret, was described allegorically in many of the 1160 volumes of the Tao Canon, the bible of collected writings on qigong and neigong. The Kan and Li practices open the Sea of Qi in the dan tien to a deeper dimension of pre-natal qi and jing and thus vastly speed
up healing. >
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