Where mind, body & spirit connect.

Who we are.

Aqu is an acupuncture wellness studio based in the Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles, California founded by Samantha Manka-Segal. Our mission is to provide a moment of peace in your day, a reset for your mind, body and soul. We combine Traditional Chinese Medicine with advanced techniques to restore optimal health for the modern lifestyle. Whether you’re seeking acupuncture, cupping, facial acupuncture or simply an alternative way to heal, you are in good hands.


We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to feel their best every day. Happiness, and overall mental & physical health is influenced by how your physical body feels. By sharing actionable internal & external practices to help people live a more healthy lifestyle. Using the tools of ancient Chinese medicine, combined with modern knowledge of what the body needs, we are able to help guide the mind and body back to a state of balance. We allow people the opportunity to make themselves feel good on a daily basis. Health comes down to willingness and education, and we strive to share our knowledge with everyone who is listening so they can feel their best and continue to spread the message of health to others.

At Aqu, we combine Traditional Chinese Medicine with advanced techniques to restore optimal health for the modern lifestyle.

About the Founder


Samantha Manka-Segal is a Board Certified Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in the state of California. She holds a Clean Needle Technique certificate by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Ms. Manka-Segal received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, in addition to Herbology from the esteemed Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a certified specialist in Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation by the AAC (American Acupuncture Council). In accordance with Taoist philosophy, Samantha has additionally completed the Qi Cultivation curriculum at Yo San University and is trained in healing Qigong energy work.

Samantha was educated by renowned physicians, Dr. Mao Shing Ni and Dr. Daoshing Ni and treated patients at Yo San’s Community Clinic.  Ms. Manka-Segal trained directly under Dr. Wing-Benn Deng at the Venice Family Clinic specializing in the treatment of patients experiencing acute and chronic pain. Samantha is dedicated to her passion of helping people heal naturally with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbs at her clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Discovering Chinese Medicine

In 2006, my incredibly healthy and fit mother became severely ill with chronic kidney infections. Due to her severe allergies to antibiotics, I was witness to her many unsuccessful treatments and ultimately her devastating diagnosis giving her one year to live. As emotionally trying as it was for all of us, my mother turned to holistic and Chinese Medicine for a solution. Within that year, her consistent regimen of acupuncture, herbal treatments and other alternative modalities, her strength was restored and she showed absolutely no signs of infection. We were no longer in fear for her health, and my faith in Eastern Medicine was solidified.

During my tenure, I became passionate about treating pain management, nutrition & digestive health, beauty & skincare,  stress, insomnia & anxiety disorders. I believe in working in tandem with your primary care physician.  My goal is to give you the best possible care, and that means not discounting any form of health care.