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Dr Maria McMahon

Dr Maria McMahon is a qualified GP and Acupuncturist with a passion for maintaining and regaining health through an integrative medicine approach.

Background and Training

I graduated in 1998 from University of Dublin, Trinity College and undertook my training in General Practice in Scotland, gaining MRCGP exam in 2003.


I am registered with the GMC  and with the British Medical Acupuncture Society with full Indemnity insurance.


I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine while was studying Medicine in Dublin. I undertook training in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Acupuncture Foundation Ireland graduating in 2009 with Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

While training and working as a doctor I felt that I could offer more support to patients if I could incorporate Traditional Acupuncture with Western Medical treatments and approach treatments from an integrative medicine approach.

I have a passion for Acupuncture and love treating patients and seeing improvements in their overall health with this approach. As it is an integrative holistic approach I also review lifestyle and diet and discuss evidence based changes to lifestyle that can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

As a medical doctor I also value that the evidence based published research has grown in recent years to evidence how acupuncture works in the body. This growth in research has allowed acupuncture to be incorporated into western medical guidelines such as the NICE ( National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines for Migraine and Chronic Pain

Special Interests

  • Migraine

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Chronic Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Mood related disorders

  • Sleep pattern disruption

  • Women's health problems including menstrual disorders and menopause

This is not an exhaustive list and acupuncture treatment is available for a variety of conditions.

Acupuncture treatment is personalised for every individual and electro acupuncture and moxa therapy are also available for incorporation into treatments where appropriate.


Further information can be found on the following websites:


I also offer Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture treatments after undertaking training at Acuregen in 2018.


Tightening of skin and replenishment of lost superficial collagen and elastin is achievable with cosmetic acupuncture and collagen enhancement treatments., A natural alternative to botox and fillers, facial acupuncture stimulates a healing cascade, which produces collagen and elastin from the fibroblasts. Collagen and elastin are the structures of the skin that maintain both elasticity and firmness.


  • Reduces open pores and scar tissue

  • Reduces puffy eyes, face , throat and body

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Gives the complexion a fresher glow due to increased circulation

  • Lifts and tones sagging muscles and skin

  • Improved sleep. relaxation and many more health benefits


Corporate Lifestyle medicine and Acupuncture

I also offer Lifestyle Medicine talks and personalised acupuncture sessions or group auricular acupuncture sessions to small business/corporate events.

Interests outside General Practice


"After just 2 sessions, my twisted knee is significantly better. As well as this, my son’s eczema has dramatically improved after following Maria's advice. I cannot recommend Maria enough!"

"Thank you so much for your wonderful expertise and advice today. My daughter really enjoyed my first acupuncture experience and is really looking forward to my next appointment. She has had a much better day, after one session my anxiety levels improved and she feels more relaxed. Hopefully at the end of her  sessions she will feel much better. Maria is genuinely so lovely, I’d highly recommend to anyone. Thank you so much!"

"I can safely say without exaggeration that Maria has changed my life over the course of my acupuncture treatments with my. While continuing my sessions I have been able to reduce nearly all my strong pain medications, I have noticed a massive reduction in pain levels, have so much more energy and have been able to enjoy my outdoor sports again. She is so knowledgeable and the fact that she is a GP is also reassuring for anyone nervous about trying a new style of treatment. Maria is empathetic and caring and will make you feel at ease from the moment you arrive at my clinic. I cannot recommend acupuncture and The Holywood Clinic of Acupuncture highly enough."

"Excellent visit to Holywood Clinic of Acupuncture today. Maria saw me at very short notice and was extremely personable, professional and helpful. My particularly painful Achilles Tendon injuries are so much better after just one visit. The added bonus is knowing you are in safe hands with a medical doctor who clearly knows what she is doing! Great job! Thanks so much Maria!"

"Treatments at Holywood clinic of acupuncture have changed by life! Initially went to help with severe anxiety, and after a couple of treatments felt like a different person. Headaches gone, sleeping better, stomach pains away, feeling happier, calmer, more positive, no more anxiety! I've also had some acupuncture treatments for back pain and amazed as to how the pain just disappeared! Maria is fantastic, so friendly and professional. I don't think there is anything that she couldn't help with!"

"I just wanted to say thanks again for our session. I really enjoyed it and found it very helpful and informative. Also, my cold and fuzzy head conditions have improved dramatically this evening. I am feeling much better, so thanks for that."

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