The trail was pretty steep as I finished my climb to the fog-bound summit. When I looked over the edge, the river far below was obscured by cloud cover. I sat down to rest on this stone pinnacle scraping the sky as my mind wandered back in time. I envisioned the fabled “immortals” hidden away from the world in just such a place. Like the clouds that now hid the trail I had just traveled, time seemed to hide the secrets of longevity. But, as on any trail in the wilderness, you must carefully follow the steps that you do discover. Soon, if you’re alert to the hints you are given, the maze of confusing options begins to make sense and narrow, giving you a path to follow.
In the third century, Ko Hung also searched through such a fog for the footprints of the “immortals.” Could such radical longevity be more than just a fable we read about in books? What did he discover about those who sought solitude in the famous and ancient mountains of China? It was that becoming an “immortal” depended on “acquiring the mental state of tranquility” and regulating the breath. It was also rumored that those long-lived beings performed strange dance-like movements to build internal organ strength and lengthen life. In modern times, this has come to be called qigong or “energy work.”
Additionally, they sought out rare medicinal herbs and elixirs to radically extend life span. In the 1900s, this practice was revealed by a Chinese herbalist named Li Chun Yun. His alleged age, as reported by the New York Times in 1933 and Time magazine, was between 197 and 256. In another account I came across, while Li was picking herbs, he met a sage who claimed to be 500 years old and introduced him to a plant whose tuberous roots contained amazing medicinal qualities: he shou wu. This plant has become the subject of study for medical researchers looking to help both men and women with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular ailments, treating hair loss, etc.
While doing my own research on this herb back in the 1990s, I found a reference by another Chinese herbalist who said that if you found and ate a root 150 years old, you’d grow new teeth. A 200-year-old root would return you to a youth, and a 300-year-old root would grant you physical immortality! Fact or fiction? All I can say is that Li Chun Yun’s consumption of it appeared to favor him.
Personally, I have also benefited in many ways from its consumption.
Longevity herbs all have two things in common: they cut body fat and allow you to put on lean muscle tissue more easily. This is a blessing for both sexes, and is accomplished by balancing hormonal levels naturally and safely.
Another herb I use especially on my workout days comes from a tree that is called in Vietnamese “the tree that cures a hundred diseases.” I discovered it years ago when researching the ingredients on the label of a potent bodybuilding formula. Longjack or eurycoma longifolia is also known as Malaysian ginseng or tong kat ali. It has many benefits for both men and women. Of special interest to athletes is its ability to naturally restore testosterone levels and arrest estrogen by lowering levels of the estrogen conversion enzyme aromatase. This allows more fat to be burned for energy and allows you to get stronger faster. Many women have additionally reported that it improves mood and skeletal health and reduces fluid retention.
My final pick of the longevity herbal trio is one for virility. It combats low libido, impotence, infertility, urinary frequency, forgetfulness, and low back pain. It has been used in China for thousands of years. Yin yang hou is better known by a more descriptive title, “horny-goat-weed.” I’ll let your imagination fill in the rest!
Do these herbs work? All I can say is that although I’m a pre-baby-boomer, I can scale a cliff face as if I were a mountain goat! I have more youthfulness than I had in my twenties, and I’m pushing new personal records in the gym. When might be a good time to give these same herbs a try?
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Blessings in love and long life!