Man Lives 256 Years By Eating Goji Berries

Herbalist Professor Li Ching Yuen
The most ancient man


Tibetan Goji Berries
from Lycium Berries

Professor Li Ching Yuen was considered the oldest man of our century. The London Times (May 8, 1933) reported his death at the age of 256 years. Records found in China show he was born in 1677.

Professor Yuen died with all his own teeth and hair. Those who knew him say that he looked about 50 when he was already over 200. He outlived 23 wives and had 11 generations of descendents during his lifetime.

Before he died, he was said to have left four specific guidelines regarding diet for those who wish to follow in his footsteps:

1) Do not overeat on hot summer nights. It causes stagnation of blood and energy.

2) Eat extra quantities of nourishing foods on cold winter mornings. It provides the extra essence and energy the body needs to compensate for having to keep warm in cold weather.

3) Adopt a primarily vegetarian diet

4) Eat the three special plants

Professor Yuen was a renowned Chinese scholar and herbalist. He spent the first 100 years studying and gathering wild herbs. He spent the latter part of his life lecturing and educating people about herbs and longevity. At the age of 250 years, he lectured before several thousand university students for many hours on the art of living long.

li ching yuen2Li Ching Yuen in 1927

He consumed three special plants on a daily basis.

1) Plant #1 was Lycium berries (Lycium barbarum). The common name for these berries in their native land of Tibet is Goji. Reports say that Yun started taking them daily when he was fifty years old. It is interesting that people who knew him say that he looked about 50 when he was already over 200.

Tibetan Goji Berries – The highest quality (click here)


2) Plant #2 was Ginseng. While korean ginseng obviously agreed with Li Chung Yun, Korean ginseng is heating. It is considered medicinal and it is not recommended that people take it on a regular basis. A woman I know was having sleeping problems and heat flashes. When I told her to stop taking korean ginseng, her problems stopped. The only ginseng that one should consume daily is American ginseng. American ginseng is cooling. Always buy the powder in bulk and make your own capsules or drink as a tea.

Ginseng (click here)


3) Plant #3 was Ho-shou-wu, also called Fo-Ti-Tieng (Polygonum multi florum) root. I first learned about this herb over 30 years ago and some stories concerning Professor Yun indicated that the third herb was called Hydrocotyle asiatica minor – also known as Gotu Kola. You will have to do more research on this as I believe that the true facts are something that “they” don’t want you to know about.

Fo-Ti-Teng (click here)

Gotu Kola (click here)


If you have not yet heard of goji, you are not alone. While it has occupied an important place in traditional Asian medicine for countless generations, the secrets of its nutritional benefits have remained a mystery to most of the world.

Note: When researching Professor Yun, it is very important to note what he was not eating as well as what he was eating. It learn what not to eat, please see “You’re Not Fat. You’re Toxic”.

In the fifties, the Domestic and Foreign magazine reported the story of Li Qingyun in Sichuan province, who died at the age of 250 in 1930. We believe this is the same Li Chung Yun mentioned above. As part of his own account 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 practised 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 kilometre) and not feel tired. I became better in strength and stamina than an average person.”

The only reason we in the west have learned of Professor Yun as because he became a teacher. It is quite possible that many, many other people have lived way past 100, or even 200. But we never heard of them because of the isolated areas they lived, absence of electronic communication, and especially differences in language.

Obviously, none of this is scientific evidence. However, scientists are starting to find that there are a great many positive qualities to goji berries that are not in other foods. Maybe as science improves even more will be discovered later.

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The following article about the Professor is curated with credit given at the bottom. It is too important to be allowed to disappear from the internet.

Li Ching-Yuen

Probably the most famous proponent and user of Gotu Kola (known in China as fo-ti-tieng) is the celebrated Chinese herbalist and Daoist master (Dao yin or internal health practices) Li Ching-Yuen, who survived twenty-three (23) wives and died on March 5, 1933 (as reported by the New York Times and London Times) at the age of 256 years. This was officially recorded and confirmed by the Chinese government, and aroused so much interest in France, that the government there established an experimental laboratory in Algeria to study Gotu Kola. The English government also provided a grant to a college research foundation in Colombo, Ceylon to study this herb.

Chinese General Yang Sen wrote a report about him, “A Factual Account of the 256 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.”

Born on 1677 in Chyi Jiang Hsie, Szechuan province and later moving to Kai Hsien, he joined the Chinese army of provincial CinC Yueh Jong Chyi at the age of 71 in 1748.   In the army he was tactical advisor and teacher of the martial arts, though he spent most of his life in the mountain ranges gathering herbs and knowledge of longevity methods.

He claimed to have learned about longevity from another Daoist he met on the Emei Mountain in Sichuan province near the Tibetan border.   This monk, according to Li, Ching-Yuen’s story, was well over 300 years old, was as agile as a monkey, as strong as a tiger and as wise as a dragon.    This ancient Daoist sage reputedly instructed Li, Ching-Yuen in his secret method of health nourishing martial art exercises based upon the wisdom of the Book of Changes (Yijing).    Most likely this was a Daoist of the Long-Men sect who practiced a method of circle walking meditation combined with chanting and visualization.   The art of Li, Ching-Yuen came to be known by the Li family as Jiulong Baguazhang (Nine Dragon Eight Diagram Palm).

In 1927 Li Ching-Yuen was invited to Wann Hsien, Szechuan by General Yang Sen who was fascinated by Li’s remarkable youthfulness, strength and prowess in spite of his advanced age. The enclosed photograph was obtained there.   After Li’s death, the General investigated his background to determine the truth to his claimed background and age, which led to a report that was later published. Returning home, he died a year later, some say of natural causes, while others claim that he told friends,   “I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home.” With these words he lay down upon his couch and allowed his spirit to depart through sheer willpower.

People interviewed from his home province in 1933 remember seeing Li Ching-Yuen when they were small children, and that the master had not aged much during their lifetime.   Others reported that he had been friends with their grandfathers.   The truth of his long life died with Li Ching-Yuen and is one of those inscrutable Daoist mysteries that may never be solved.

An interesting sidelight to the above story was thrown upon the unique properties of fo-ti-tieng (Gotu Kola) by a 107 year old Indian sage named Nanddo Narian, who claimed that the herb provides the missing ingredient in a man’s diet, without which, he can never control disease and decay.   He found it to be, in practice, the finest of all herbal tonics and nutrients.

The results of the studies performed upon Gotu Kola by the French in Algeria revealed what appears to be a new vitamin not known in any other food or herb. It was described as the “youth vitamin X” that exerts a rejuvenating influence upon the ductless glands, the healthy functioning of which is, the means by which the brain and body are maintained for healthy activity.

Li Ching-Yuen
Daoist Master Li, Ching-Yuen,

If you wish to study the martial art founded by Li Ching Yuen, please visit Nine Dragon Baguazhang

The final piece to the longevity puzzle. This is an ancient legend from the Tang Dynasty.

During the prime of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.), a caravan on the Silk Road stopped for a rest at an inn and noticed a young lady reprimanding and whipping an old man. A merchant approached them and enquired the young lady, “For what reason are you assaulting and abusing this elderly person?” The lady replied, “I am disciplining my great-grandson. It is none of your business.” Everyone at the scene was shocked by her reply. Further enquiries revealed that the lady was more than three hundred years old! The old person was being punished because he refused to take a type of herb and started to age. Amazed at the magic of the herb, the merchant bowed to the lady with respect and asked, “May I be so bold as to ask the lady what type of magical herb do you take?”

The lady replied, “This herb has five names. You want to take a different part of the herb each season. In spring you take its leaves, which is known as the essence of heaven herb. In summer you take its flowers, which is known as the longevity herb. In autumn you take its fruits, which is known as Chinese Wolfberry. In winter you take the bark of its roots, which is known as the skin and bone of the earth, or the staff of the deities. Taking these four parts in the four seasons respectively, will give you a life as lofty as heaven and earth.”

Thereafter the Chinese Wolfberry was introduced to the Middle East and Western countries and was eulogised as the divine herb from the East.

From the website – Clear Harmony

Goji Juice (click here)


Lycium berries are now available in a different form, called Goji Juice. Goji juice is fast taking the world by storm. It seems to have so many different abilities to heal and increase vitality. However, It is important to make sure the Goji juice you are taking is pesticide free. Not all Goji juices or berries are the same. There appears to be a vast variety in quality.

The term “Goji” is the common name given to the Lycium barbarum berry by the Tibetans. There are about eighty different varieties of the one species, Lycium barbarum. The mother of all Goji berries is in Tibet and is fed by water from melted snow. All Lycium barbarum berries originated from this variety.

Lycium berries have been used in traditional Tibetan medicine for centuries.  The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, then dried in the shade.  Or harvested with gloves.


  • Contain 19 amino acids – the building blocks of protein – including all eight that are essential for life.

  • Contain 21 trace minerals, including germanium, an anti-cancer trace mineral rarely found in foods.

  • Contains more protein than whole wheat (13 percent in the form of amino acids)

  • Goji Juice is now undergoing intense scrutiny as an anti-cancer drug in Mongolia, China, Japan and Switzerland.  It has been found that the fruit, as well as an extract from its leaves, can kill many kinds of cancer cells in vitro. In vivo studies and human studies are proving to be highly promising.  Goji Juice contains approximately 124 ppm of organic Germanium.  Germanium has been demonstrated to have anti-cancer activity.  Japanese studies indicate that organic Germanium is effective in treating liver cancer, lung cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and testicular cancer when combined with other drugs. It has been found to induce the production in human beings of g-interferon. Interferon can depress and even kill cancer cells.  Germanium possesses the power to take over the hydrogen ion from cancer cells.  Losing hydrogen ions can cause depression and even death to cancer cells. 

  • Contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene a better source than even carrots!) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods.

  • Contains Vitamin C at higher levels than even those found in oranges.

  • Contains B-complex vitamins, necessary for converting food into energy.

  • Contains Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, only in grains and seeds).

  • Contains an anti-inflammatory agent called Beta-Sitosterol. Beta-Sitosterol also lowers cholesterol and has been used to treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement.

  • Contains essential fatty acids, which are required for the body’s production of hormones and for the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system, INCLUDING OMEGA 3 which is essential for excellent health and not readily available in most foods. (Chia seeds are the best soruce for Omega 3).

  • Contains a compound called Cyperone that benefits the heart and blood pressure, alleviates menstrual discomfort, and has been used in the treatment of cervical cancer.

  • Contains a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound called Solavetivone.

  • Contains a natural compound that is active against all major types of leukaemia called Physalin,. It has been shown to increase splenic natural killer cell activity in normal and tumour-bearing mice, with broad-spectrum anti-cancer effect. It has also been used as a treatment for hepatitis B.

  • Contains Betaine, which is used by the liver to produce choline, a compound that calms nervousness, enhances memory, promotes muscle growth, and protects against fatty liver disease. Betaine also provides methyl groups in the body’s energy reactions and can help reduce levels of homocysteine, a prime risk factor in heart disease. It also protects DNA.

  • Containes polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system.  This same polysaccharide has been found to be a secretagogue, that is, a substance that stimulates the secretion in the pituitary gland of human growth hormone, a powerful innate anti-aging hormone. 

  • In Mongolia it is commonly used by first trimester mothers to prevent morning sickness.  It is a gentle and soothing fruit that is loaded with available vitality.

  • Contains super high levels of antioxidants. What is an antioxidant? Just like rust on a car, oxidation can cause damage to cells by producing what are called “free radicals”. Some people believe that free radicals are a major cause of aging. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation. Many people believe that antioxidants increase immune function and decrease aging.

  • In several study groups with elderly people Goji was given once a day for 3 weeks, with many beneficial results being experienced.  67% of the patients‘ T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients’ white cell interleukin-2 doubled.  In addition, the results showed that all the patients’ spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better and 35% of the patients partially recovered their sexual function.  The Goji berry has absolutely no toxicity.

IMPORTANT: Because of its powerful detoxification properties, it is suggested you drink Goji juice and eat Goji berries only in small quantities at first.

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Great stories and information about goji juice can read at the following websites. But PLEASE NOTE. The webmaster of Share Goji asked me to remove the link below because their site is only for Freelife Goji. See my further comments below. – Click on ‘REAL LIFE STORIES’ – This website is specifically about Himalayan Goji Juice as bottled by the Multi-Lvel Marketing Company Freelife. It is not about our brands. The owner of this website emailed me asking me to remove the link to their website. I have declined to do that and thankfully there is no law that can stop me from linking to it.

HOWEVER, goji berries are all the same species, Lycium barbarum. Whenever you have read of the benefits of drinking orange or carrot juice, have you ever heard someone say that one particular variety of orange was better than another? Let alone say that you should ONLY drink orange juice bottled by one particular company?

I have wasted a lot of time and money with about 10 different Multi-Level Marketing companies in my life. I was a member of a major MLM that sold goji for a while just because I liked Goji Juice but I dropped out when they would not let me sell other brands of goji on my website.

Before you get involved in a Multi-Level marketing company, consider the fact that there are now lawyers whose full time job is working out how to help members get their downline back once the parent MLM company steals it from them. And know that the FTC is thankfully about to crack down on them.

Here are some good links about MLM companies. See
The 10 Big Lies of Multi-Level Marketing
Conspiracy Fraud Exposed /
Empowerment or Slavery? MLM for Dummies

Tibetan Goji Berries

There is no comparison between “Real” Goji berries from Tibet and wolf berries from China which are often called “Goji berries” these days.




The ‘Goji’ berry is known as a Tibetan berry because it was traditionally used in the Indo Tibetan Mongolian culture for centuries. The geographic area of this ancient culture included Bhutan and all of Mongolia and a great portion of China, Tibet had much larger borders at that time. The traditional Tibetan medicinal plant collection areas remain in the same locations irreverent of political border and territory changes.  The Tibetan Lycium berry ‘Goji’ was used in this ancient culture as a food because of its neutral energetic nature (neither cold or hot nature) and used in traditional medicines for the same reason because it could be utilized in a broad spectrum of Tibetan medical formulas.

‘Goji’ is the name that refers to the Tibetan variety of Lycium that is indigenous to the traditional Tibetan and Mongolian botanical collection regions and used for centuries by Tibetan doctors and the nomadic people of those areas. Fairly recently, beginning around 1996 the name ‘Goji’ was ‘borrowed’ and used to market another similar lycium berry, the Chinese ‘wolfberry’ and that caused market confusion and still remains a marketing error today. Local harvesters are careful to distinguish the Tibetan Lycium variety ‘Goji’ berry from its distantly related offspring, the Chinese Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum), pointing out that its nutrient makeup and energetic qualities differ, as do the regions and conditions within which these two different Lycium berries are growing.

Taste the difference! We use them most mornings in our breakfast smoothy. Because they cost a little more than other goji berries (which are from China), we tried using cheaper berries. But we found that the difference in TASTE is ENORMOUS. We just can’t help but feel that there are things in these Tibetan berries that others don’t have. Now we don’t bother with the other kinds. I would rather have a smaller amount of these ones, than the kinds available in health foods stores.

You can also grow goji berry plants from these berries.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR – Try some Goji today!


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