Dr. Ryan Monahan

"COVID-19 Series: Part 5"


“Fear is where disease is rooted.” – Dr. Ryan Monahan

COVID-19 Series: Part 5

This week we’re looking at COVID-19 and the state of the world through an Eastern medicine lens by talking to Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Ryan Monahan!

Dr. Monahan discusses the ways in which Eastern medicine takes a different approach to Western medicine by looking to nourish life, strengthen, and build (as opposed to Western approach looking for things to kill and destroy), how eastern and functional medicine practices don’t “treat” diseases but “treat” the person and how there isn’t a focus on fixing symptoms but getting to the root cause. However, he does note that both Western and Eastern medicine are useful especially when used in an integrated way. He explains COVID-19 through an Eastern Medicine perspective and gives specific Chinese Herbal formulas that he has been using to help treat patients and the formulas they’ve been using in China for COVID-19 specifically.

But whats even more fascinating about this conversation, is how he explains the connection between us and nature and how stress (real or perceived) affects the body. Dr. Monahan touches on the chaos of our current world, but says that within chaos exists all possibilities.

If you’re curious about alternative approach to medicine and want recommendations that YOU can do to help build you immune system and improve your digestion, this is the episode for you!

“We’re in the middle of chaos and within chaos exists all possibilities.” – Dr. Ryan Monahan


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.