Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc
About Dr. Maryam Mahanian
DOCTOR OF CHINESE MEDICINE & REGISTERED ACUPUNCTURIST
“As an experienced and skilled specialist in acupuncture, customized Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition and food cures, I take a genuine, compassionate and personalized approach to caring for my patients.
My mission is to help you look and feel your very best – by balancing your hormones, managing your pain, supporting your fertility and pregnancy, improving your skin health, and improving your emotional and mental well being.
If you are ready to improve your quality of life, let me support you and help you get there!”
The Passion Behind My Work
"It's about a sincere love for people, scholarship in medicine, and passion to heal people and improve many facets of their health and well being."
My clinical practice was established on principles of sincere love and compassion for people, scholarship in the field of Chinese medicine, and passion to apply the healing methods of Chinese medicine to help people on their road to improving their physical, mental and emotional health.
Having a natural tendency towards being sensitive to the feelings and energies of those around me, coupled with having a strong desire to help people, has naturally brought me to this medicine. I am able to hold space for my patients with a calm sensitivity, a listening ear, and a gentle demeanor.
I have a strong passion in serving couples on their paths to parenthood and then continuing that support through their pregnancies and postpartum time.
Women’s health is an area that I have much experience and additional training and education in, which has led me to have a mostly women-centered clinical practice.
In addition to women’s health, I was one of the pioneer practitioners in the greater Vancouver area trained in Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation. I continue to love the results this holistic approach to beauty gives my patients, allowing them to gain more self-confidence in themselves but also in boosting their overall health and well being at the same time.
For over two decades, I have successfully treated a range of conditions such as PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual pain, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, morning sickness, insufficient lactation and postpartum depression, acne, and eczema.
I strive to make sure my patients are heard, understood, and genuinely cared for and treat my patients with compassion and a high level of knowledge and experience. In your visit with me, you can expect a soothing comfortable atmosphere, a gentle touch and a friendly welcoming smile.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been helping millions of people for thousands of years! I’m excited to share this powerful medicine with you!
PAST TRAINING AND PURSUITS
My journey spans from academia, extensive training and hands-on experience, to a wide range of media coverage and as a contributing author.
In 2002 I completed the doctorate program in TCM at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver Canada and a portion of my clinical training in mainland China.
I’m licensed with the CTCMA as a Registered Doctor of TCM and a Registered Acupuncturist.
Previous to my training in Chinese Medicine, I studied General Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
I’ve had the opportunity to appear as a guest several times on Breakfast Television and CBC Living Vancouver. I’ve been interviewed by Chatelaine Magazine, Alive Magazine and local newspapers. I’m a regular contributing author for Medicinal Roots Magazine.
I’ve been a qualified examiner with the CTCMA of BC operating and evaluating the practical exams for both doctor of TCM and acupuncturist designations.
Previous to becoming a Chinese medicine doctor, I worked as a nutritional consultant advising on diet, nutritional and herbal supplements, and sports nutrition and also assisted in research studies at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) in the Cardiovascular and Nuclear Medicine research departments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been helping millions of people for thousands of years! I believe it can help you too and I’m excited to share this medicine with you.
Yours in health, Dr. Maryam
I’m often asked…”How did you get into Chinese medicine anyway“? Well, one of the biggest influences in my life was my grandmother. She was a wise, sweet woman with a heart of gold and when I was young she lived with us (and practically raised me). She came from a poor and uneducated upbringing but she was extremely wise and was a very gifted healer. With every ailment that we had as children, she would cure us with foods and various herbs and plants. It would do the trick every single time.
As a result of growing up with my grandmother, natural methods of healing always made so much sense to me and felt right. I was a faithful believer in it.
Fast forward several years, I was exposure to acupuncture. Due to a head injury at work, my mother suffered from selective memory loss. Someone recommended that I take her for acupuncture to help recovery, to regain her memory and to help bring her out of the depression she was feeling. As we were desperate for her to get better, I found a doctor close by and made an appointment right away. I remember sitting and observing the doctor inserting the needles and being in awe and amazement. I also remember what a difference it made for my mother’s emotional well being after every session. I then found myself reading up on acupuncture and other systems of natural medicine in my free time and being fascinated by it. I suppose my mom noticed my fascination with the medicine. One day, out of the blue, she suggested I look into becoming a practitioner myself. That’s when the light bulb went off!..and the rest is history. The following month I was enrolled in the TCM college and I have never looked back since.
The awe and amazement of this powerful medicine continues every day. In case you’re curious, my mother did end up regaining her memory after a tumultuous year! – I keep telling her she should write a book about it.
I suppose I am one of the very lucky ones to be able to say that I knew quite early on what my calling was. I was only nineteen years old when I began the program, the youngest in my class.
Chinese medicine can literally treat everything under the sun!…. so why did I choose the area of women’s health as my specialty?
I actually didn’t start out with this particular focus. I was a general practitioner before. I was naturally inclined towards women’s health after several years of practice. I saw more and more women get relief from hormonal issues without the use of drugs and the incredible difference Chinese medicine makes in fertility and pregnancy.
When I had my first child, I decided that I wanted to reach more women and started to specialize. Becoming a mother was truly life-changing for me. That’s why I’m on a mission to help couples who are struggling to conceive to grow their families and experience the awe, joy and profound gratitude that comes with becoming a parent.
Having gone through two (eventful) pregnancies, I feel I have first-hand experience and much support to offer expectant mothers throughout their pregnancies, births & postpartum time.
As I’m an avid learner, I’m very often reading and expanding my knowledge and expertise, listening to podcasts, and taking continuing education courses in my field. I also enjoy building online resources for the public to gain insight into their health challenges and to provide them with helpful tips using Chinese medicine tools and wisdom.
When I’m not seeing patients or building Chinese medicine resources, my time is spent with my family and friends, cooking yummy nutritious food, and enjoying the beauty of our neighborhood of Deep Cove. I am also a member of the Baha’i community which is built on the message of peace, unity and global justice. Being a part of this vibrant community gives my family and I an opportunity to serve our community and to develop and grow our spiritual values.
My clinical practice, my family, and my spiritual identity keep my life purposeful and inspired.