Esther Hornstein, L.Ac. Dipl.
New York State Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Board Certified by the NCCAOM.
Quality Acupuncture care for the Quality of your Life
Ramat Beit Shemesh A

Pediatric Treatment by Esther Hornstein, L.Ac.

Acupuncture for Children: Frequently Asked Questions

What can oriental medicine do for children and babies?

This modality of healing can help your child develop through all phases of infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and puberty by helping their immature systems function at the highest possible level by strengthening them in various ways.

Specific ailments may include:


Acid reflux





Digestive problems



Ear infections

Muscle aches

Sensory Integration disorders


Sleep problems

Urinary tract infections

"My kids love going to see 'Dr. Esther' and would always ask when it was time to go for a visit.  We go for treatments for so many things including ear infections, allergies, congestion, constipation, the list goes on.  We have seen vast improvements in our children's health since beginning these treatments." C.B, Mother of 3


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a form of Oriental Medicine. Thin hair-like needles are inserted into the skin at locations called acu-points, which are located throughout the body, from head to toe. These Acu-points connect to each other through pathways, called meridians, that ultimately connect to organs. Each acu-point has specific functions and are used in combination with other acu-points to achieve a desired medical effect. These meridians influence the function of the organs. By stimulating specific acu-points along the meridian, the organ is influenced to rectify the problem causing the symptoms.


What training have you received that qualifies you to practice Oriental Medicine?

I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I completed a 4-year, full-time, masters degree program with specific training in Oriental Medicine including Chinese medical studies, Western medical studies, and hands-on clinical work. I am licensed by the State of New York to practice Acupuncture and nationally board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I have been treating children since 2007.


How many treatments will my child need?

Children are very receptive to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Depending on the case, your child will most likely need two to three treatments to resolve an acute complaint.


Does my child need to be sick to get a treatment?

No. There is a tradition in Japan where children come for monthly treatments for "wellness" visits, in order to keep them healthy. This is a great way to introduce your child to receiving treatments when they are healthy, rather than when they are sick or unwell, and may not be as receptive or cooperative.

C.M.G., Mother of 3

My 10 month old had had about 10 ear-infections since he was born, each one lasting around a week-long. He had been on antibiotics several times and was suffering terribly. Esther used different techniques to treat and prevent the ear-infections. The treatments were painless and my baby actually enjoyed them. Since we started, the duration of his ear-infections were lessened to a few days, and were much less severe. After a couple of months of treatment, together with Esther's invaluable advice on how to prevent recurrences, the infections were prevented entirely. I also saw how the treatments helped his digestion and sleeping patterns. Since we completed the series of treatments, my baby has been infection-free for many months b"H!
I would recommend to any parent of a baby who has had an ear infection (or any sleeping/digestion issues) to bring him/her to Esther Hornstein!

What if my child doesn’t like needles?

No Problem! Licensed acupuncturists also trained to use pediatric massage, moxibustion (warming the skin) and other Oriental techniques to stimulate the acu-points to elicit healing.


The main root of most childhood ailments is their weak digestive systems, so this is an important area of focus in the treatment session. In addition to addressing diet and habits, the acupuncturist may also instruct the parent(s) how to use specific massage techniques on the child at home.


With the child’s permission, treatment may include using needles which will be more effective as the child grows older.


How long is each session?

The first session is about an hour which includes medical and family history, evaluation and treatment. Follow up visits are about 30-45 minutes.

Esther Hornstein is a mother of 2 . She has participated in hospital acupuncture projects in NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and Lutheran Medical Center. She currently has a Beit Shemesh based private practice and can be reached at (054) 719-9600.


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