Artemis & Lily is a healing space and herbal shop dedicated to providing a quality alternative to mainstream healthcare. We offer one-on-one acupuncture sessions, clinical herbal medicine, as well as an array of products and herbs for your own herbal projects and self-care inspiration.
Originally a solo acupuncture practice (Urban Comfort Acupuncture), the concept of Artemis & Lily took shape as a meaningful evolution of not only Ana Hortillosa's passionate curiosity in the natural world, authentic healing, and cultural wisdoms, but also her enthusiasm for engaging and empowering her clients through education about the ways ancient clinical wisdom and common herbal practices can profoundly rebalance body, mind, and spirit.
What stood out to me most (I have worked with many acupuncturists over the years) was her ability to teach and make sense of what she was doing. Her use of analogy and metaphor to explain the herbs we used and their effects as well as the needling she was doing was incredibly helpful. I honestly have never worked with anyone so adept at teaching and healing.
Ultimately, Ana needed more space...and with a stronger emphasis on herbal offerings, a new business name. Artemis references mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) also known as moxa, a herb that Ana commonly employs in acupuncture sessions. Lily refers to a Chinese herb lily bulb (bai he), one of Ana's most favorite herbs. Together, the name Artemis & Lily represents what we offer: acupuncture and an herbal apothecary.
Acupuncture sessions with Ana are informed not only by her training in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, but also by her experiences as a mother of two, a former community/education programs administrator, a volunteer counselor in public health, a humble gardener, nature wanderer, musician, anthropology/theatre major, and a fermented food enthusiast. Ana's acupuncture style is gentle, intuitive, and influenced especially by Japanese acupuncture styles that emphasize abdominal palpation and moxibustion.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and from San Francisco State University with a master's degree in Theatre. She went on to earn a master of science in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Before becoming an acupuncturist, she worked in a museum for 11 years, and volunteered weekly for 3 years as a counselor at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and the Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco.
Outside of the shop, Ana spends her time enjoying outdoor adventures with her family, being active in her children's school and community, crafting and reading books.