I would like to introduce you to ideas, techniques, and wisdom that can empower you, enhance your health, increase your joy of living, and cause you to live longer. This page in my website is dedicated to the research and experiences I’ve had in my own life and I wish to share this with you.

Chinese Herbalist, Li Ching Yuen lives to 256 years old


New York Times May 6, 1933
Inquiry put his age at 256.   His advice for a long life?  “Keep a Quiet Heart, Sit Like a Tortoise, Sleep Like a Dog.”

Reported to have buried 23 wives and had 180 descendents – sold herbs for first 100 years.   From Peiping, May 5 – Li Ching-Yun, a resident of Kaihsien, in the Province of Szechwan, who contended that he was one of the world’s oldest men and said he was born in 1736 – which would make him 197 years old – died today.

A Chinese dispatch from Chungking telling of Mr. Li’s death said he attributed his longevity to peace of mind and that it was his belief every one could live at least a century by attaining inward calm.

Compared with estimates of Li Ching-yun’s age in previous reports from China the above dispatch is conservative. In 1930 it was said Professor Wu Chung-chien, dean of the department of Education in Minkuo University, had found records showing Li was born in 1677 and that Imperial Chinese Government congratulated him on his 150th and 200th birthdays.

A correspondent of The New York Times wrote in 1928 that many of the oldest men in Li’s neighborhood asserted their grandfathers knew him as boys and that he was then a grown man.

According to the generally accepted tales told in his province. Li was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. For the first hundred years he continued at this occupation. Then he switched to selling herbs gathered by others.

Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, took Li into his house to learn the secret of living to 250. Another pupil said Li told him to “keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

According to one version of Li’s married life he had buried away twenty-three wives and was living with his twenty-fourth, a woman of ’60.’ Another account, which in 1928 credited him with 180 living descendents, comprising eleven generations, recorded only fourteen marriages. This second authority said his eyesight was good; also, that the finger nails of his right hand were very long, and “long” for a Chinese might mean longer than any finger nails ever dreamed of in the United States.

Read an article by Li Ching Yuen himself!

In the fifties, the Domestic and Foreign Magazine reported the story of a Li Qing yun in Sichuan province, who died at the age of 250 in 1930. It’s more then possible this is the same Li Ching Yun mentioned above.

In his own account (from an interview in the 1920’s) Li says, “When I was 139 years old, and before I met my Master, I could still walk and do the power walk, as if I practiced Chinese martial arts. As a result some people thought I might be a deity or an accomplished swordsman.

At the time I thought it was really amusing. I think the reason that I have lived this long and am still perpetually healthy is because nothing has irritated me since I was 40 years old. Because of that, my heart is very calm, peaceful and divinely tranquil. That is why I am free from any illness, and always healthy and happy.

At the age of fifty when I went to a mountain to collect some herbs, I met an elderly man who lived on the secluded mountain. He didn’t appear to be a supernormal man, but he took big strides when he walked, as if he was flying in the air. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep up with him. Later, I met him again. I knelt before him and begged for his secret. He gave me some wild fruits and said, “My only secret is that I only eat these fruits.” I took the fruits, and found that they were Chinese Wolfberries. Since then I consumed three qian of Chinese Wolfberries daily (a qian is the weight used to measure Chinese medicine which is equal to five grams). From then on I became healthy and agile. I can walk a hundred li (a li equals half a kilometer) and not feel tired. I became better in strength and stamina than an average person.”

The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth

also known as the Five Tibetans or the 5 ancient Tibetan Rites consists primarily of five exercises. Each exercise is performed 21 times and takes no longer than 10 minutes a day.

Recommended reading on this subject:


There are two volumes written.

Book 1, Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth. by Peter Kelder is an extended version of the original book written by Peter and published in the 1930’s, shortly after meeting with Colonel Bradford.

Book 2, Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth. by Peter Kelder  is a follow up to book 1 with extensive research and support to the ideas introduced in book 1. I highly recommend reading both books to have a fuller understanding of the material introduced in Book 1.

A very good You-Tube link demonstrating the 5 Tibetans.

Help animation link demonstrating the 5 Tibetans.



Vietnam Hermit. Forth Uncle in the mountain.                                 Still alive and approximately 180 years old.

One of my teachers and my personal doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr.Quang Van Nguyen wrote about his teacher, the fourth uncle in his biography “The forth uncle in the mountain”.  Quang says he is still alive today and living in his cave on the seventh holy mountain in Vietnam.  Quang visits with the Fourth Uncle whenever returning to Vietnam, his native country.


David Fitch, L.Ac, CMT

David Fitch, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac, CMT

David Fitch is a Nationally Certified and Colorado licensed Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner. His special interests include Sports Injuries, Pain Management, Joint Mobility Management, Digestive Disorders, Emotional Well-Being, Immune Support, Wellness and Men’s Reproductive Health.
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