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Beit Shemesh, Israel: Esther Hornstein

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: Arthritis, depression, headaches / migraines, infertility, women’s health
Styles: Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
To help people! I love working with all kinds of individuals. What makes my job rewarding is the success they feel as they make improvements to their health through my treatments.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I am patient. I utilize many tools employed by Oriental medicine to provide the most effective treatment while still providing comfort, respect and emotional support tailored to each individual client. I am mentally flexible and find ways to work through physical and emotional blockages that cause disease.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The best thing about my work is that success translates into real changes in quality of life for my clients. I happen to thoroughly enjoy performing cupping, gua sha and trigger point therapy. These are among the tools of Oriental medicine that illicit almost immediate changes. That’s always nice to see when working with a gentle and gradual art such as acupuncture.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
1) Acupuncture is just for back pain. This medicine can never be pigeonholed. It can do amazing things for all sorts of folks. 2) It can “mess with” medications. Acupuncture is not contraindicated for those on Western medications. Giving medical history is important, but acupuncture will not interfere with your meds. It can actually improve your response to them and hinder side effects.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I routinely practice qigong to clear my energy, and I practice Pilates to strengthen my spine and core. Diet is my number-one source of balance. If and when I get sick, I see my acupuncturist and take Chinese herbal formulas.

How many treatments are typically required for patients to meet their goals?
For problems that are under a week old, two or three treatments may be all that is needed. For issues that are chronic—months or years old—I say that eight to 12 treatments may be needed to even see progress. Sometimes receiving treatments two or three times a week is necessary for severe issues.

Keep your mind open. If you have not had acupuncture before, get ready for an experience that can reform you from the inside out. Some of my clients come every week for life. They have learned that this is what they need in order to live optimally.

Learn more and get in touch
2ndnatureacu.com
acupuncturesther@gmail.com
(917) 414-3831
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13 Nachal HaKishon, Beit Shemesh, Israel 9909919