Bryan McMahon L.Ac.
To treat disease, first examine its source and appreciate the dynamic process of its development.
-The Divine Husbandman's Classic of Materia Medica
Third Century a.d.
Bryan McMahon is a uniquely qualified clinical practitioner, scholar and instructor of ancient Chinese medicine (ACM). Having spent 15 years living in Asia, he is one of only a handful of Western practitioners to have completed the rigorous five year traditional medical training program at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, entirely in Mandarin. More importantly, Bryan has been blessed to study extensively with many of the best in their respective fields, witnessing first-hand time and again the potential of the human body and mind to exceed all conventional expectations. As long time apprentice to Dr. Li Xin, he began his clinical and educational career in 2010 at the highly regarded Insight ACM Clinic, becoming one of the first licensed foreign practitioners of Chinese medicine in the city of Shanghai. He later shifted his work to the Zidao Jingshe Center for the Traditional Arts, where he continues to see patients and teach private seminars in the lifestyle applications and practice of ACM during multiple annual return trips to China.
Since relocating to Portland, OR in 2015, Bryan has sought to share his extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge of Asian wellness practices with a local community of patients and students. He divides his time between a general practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Center for Natural Medicine and clinical mentorship at the NUNM School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Bryan focuses on treating sub-optimal health conditions and complex diseases that have proven unresponsive to other forms of treatment. This includes everything from cardiac and cerebrovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, thyroid disorders, severe gastrointestinal disregulation, skin problems, chronic insomnia and mood disorders to a host of women’s health issues including menstrual irregularities, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. His approach marks a complete return to personalized medicine, equal parts intervention and education to empower both patients and students with the requisite knowledge and tools to affect positive change in their own lives and in the lives of those they care for.
As a firm believer in the inseparable nature of body, mind and spirit, Bryan has also devoted much time and effort to the ongoing practice of internal cultivation. In early 2014 after years of martial arts and meditation practice across various traditions, Bryan found his spiritual mentor in Kolbjorn Martens and the path of Trika Mahasiddha Yoga. The richness and depth of experience that has come as a result of this intimate teacher-student relationship has been instrumental in his continued growth as a clinician, instructor and human being.
“Sub-optimal health and chronic disease are products of inertia. It is possible to predict with a relatively high degree of accuracy where you will be in ten or twenty years in your health journey based on the way you live today. A holistic form of intervention begins with the conscious decision to shift the direction of this momentum and choose the path of greater resistance. We need to look at all aspects of our life with honesty, compassion and acceptance and decide what simple things we can do to initiate change, no matter how big or small. Feeling better today than you did yesterday is all that it takes. This strength in the face of adversity takes on its Own momentum, until one day you wake up and realize that you are no longer the person you used to be, that those limitations no longer apply.”