About Us

The Meaning of Boncho

Boncho means Medicinal Herb in Korean (본초). It also has a double meaning to represent our philosophy: Bon (본) (本) means foundation, or root, to represent our desire to build a good foundation, holding true to the basis, root, and origin of Oriental Medicine. Cho (초) (初) means beginning, start, or inception to represent our desire to always stay true to the mission that started this company: to help those who are helping others to become healthier and happier.



Master BonOMD Cho

Master Bon & OMD Cho

Hi friends! We are a team of two who established Boncho Friends. I'm Bora, co-founder and CEO of Boncho, and I currently practice acupuncture as a licensed acupuncturist in California. My partner, Isaac, is the brilliant artist behind all the drawings!

During our studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine in TCM school, we encountered a common challenge: memorizing single herbs and herbal formulas can be incredibly tough. Without an understanding of the Chinese characters, a lot of meaning was lost in translation, or when studying in Pinyin. However, we didn't stop at identifying the problem – we found a solution.

We have created a range of TCM study aids, including TCM study cards (Chinese herbology study cards and acupuncture points study cards), an Acupuncture Chinese Characters Book, single herb coloring books, and much more! These tools are designed to simplify your TCM and acupuncture learning journey and provide not only in-depth knowledge but also help you retain information much longer using memory anchor Boncho icons. They cater to both students and practitioners.

We're here to support your TCM journey!