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In 1930, the New York Times printed an article uncovering certain Chinese government documents. They revealed that herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was born in 1677 and received official congratulations on this 200th birthday in 1877. However, he claimed that he was born in 1736. No matter when he was born, he died on May 6th, 1933, telling his students the he had completed all his tasks in this lifetime, and was now ready to come home. Despite his age, he constantly practiced herbalism and martial arts. When he Li was 250-years-old, Chinese army General Yang Sen invited Li to visit him and teach Chinese soldiers martial arts. Yang Sen was surprised to learn that despite Li’s age, he was still youthful.
Li Ching-Yuen related his knowledge for longevity in this simple sentence: “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”
There are other accounts of Western health prodigies and Eastern Yogis living for over 100 years. It is very easy, especially in the modern world to dismiss stories like these. However, keeping your hearts and minds open may help you to understand the possibility of an occurrence like this. Even more importantly, it should inspire you to take care of your spiritual, emotional, and physical health.
Modern medicine agrees that 70% of all illnesses materialize out of negative thoughts or stress. They are called “psychosomatic” illnesses. In a short period of time, whether it is a few years, or a couple of days, a person can
This is where one of the biggest secrets to health reveals itself—our thoughts can heal us. There are multiple recorded stories that discuss people who were severely ill and healed themselves with the power of thought, despite doctors losing all hope. One of such impressive story tells us about Morris Goodman, who, in 1981, was involved in a plane crash and was supposed to die due to irreversible spine damage and a punctured diaphragm. He had to be connected to a breathing ventilator, and the only movement he could manage was blinking. Despite his handicaps, he was aware of the power of thought and was able to successfully regenerate his diaphragm and damaged spinal cord, allowing him to breathe independently and move all of his limbs. Doctors did not understand what was going on because this just “could not be happening.” Morris was able to walk after a few months and eventually fully recovered. open up a gastric ulcer or develop diabetes. Our thoughts can directly affect the states of our bodies in general and individual systems and organs. Holistic remedies include ancient medicine because it takes care of a person’s physical body, psyche, and influences their lifestyle. This method aims to cure the body of the illness by removing it. Modern medicine only seeks out to treat the symptoms, prompting reoccurrences.
Causes of hard to cure diseases from a different angle
The ancient ayurvedic health sciences not only prove the existence of psychosomatic illnesses, but also present a list of specific illnesses caused by specific character traits. What else could the thoughts be dependent on if not on the character?
Here are a few examples that could explain the causes of disease you or your loved ones may be suffering from:
Jealousy - causes oncological diseases, weakens the immune system.
Vengefulness - causes insomnia and throat diseases.
Inability to find a solution to a situation - causes lung diseases.
Lacking moral principals - causes chronic diseases, infections, and skin diseases.
Being too categorical or unwavering in beliefs - causes diabetes, migraines, and inflammations.
Lying - causes alcoholism, fungal infections, and weakens the immune system.
Aggressiveness - causes gastric ulcers, acid reflux, and warts.
Reticence - causes schizophrenia and kidney diseases.
Cruelty - causes epilepsy, asthma, and anemia.
Seeking conflicts - causes thyroid enlargement.
Apathy - causes diabetes.
Inconsistency or being fickle - causes infertility.
Being rude or insulting - causes diabetes and heart diseases.
Anxiety - causes digestive system disorders, heart, and skin diseases.
Greed - causes oncological diseases, obesity, and heart diseases.
How can we know this is truth? Many great things in this world can only be tested by experience and not by thinking about them. Ayurveda is an ancient science that still works today and is used by many great people.
An interesting fact is that it is enough to cure your character, and the relevant diseases go away permanently. This is especially important to know for those who suffer from diseases such as diabetes and cancer, for which modern medicine does not have a cure yet.
Three ways to live healthfully and truly feel good
It will involve working on yourself—however, this investment will pay off greatly in the long run. Here are three methods, tested throughout three millenniums:
Start monitoring your thoughts. Spend five minutes every evening writing down how you felt that day. Remember the situations you encountered and emotions you felt. What negative character traits does that uncover? What do you plan to do tomorrow to start improving yourself and to change those particular character traits? It is very important to write everything down.
Try to think more about things that make you happy. This is the miracle of positive thinking. When you concentrate on the things that you like, it’s as if you move to a different frequency of vibrations, and the body starts to heal itself. Even better, there will be a greater number of good things in your life, because everything you think about becomes reality, including the problems that bother you. Concentrate on things you enjoy and watch how everything begins to change.
Try out meditation. During meditation, the body and mind rest and heal themselves.
Illness is simply our body’s signal about an incorrect (or, rather, non-beneficial) lifestyle. Firstly it manifests as anxiety, fear, and negative thoughts. Only then, if no effort is made to work on oneself, the body sends a more powerful signal to get your attention and make you think about what you are doing wrong, in the form of physical symptoms.
Let the stories of Li Ching-Yuen, Morris Goodman, and other health prodigies inspire you to pursue a new holistic lifestyle endeavor.
256 Year Old Chinese Herbalist Li Ching-Yuen, Holistic Medicine, and 15 Character Traits That Cause Diseases