In South India, leaves of the date palm were rolled up into cylinders and then introduced into the hole on the earlobe. The width of the hole gradually increased, until the desired size and length were achieved. The leaves expanded when wet, resulting in a gentle and gradual dilation. As we know today, elongated earlobes were considered a sign of Beauty and Wealth. The Bigger, the Better.Who knows if there is a connection: Ancient Oriental Medicine considers the ear a microcosm of the entire body, and many diseases are treated by puncturing and applying pressure to different parts of the ear.