In oriental medicine, the fruits of good health require a tree with strong roots and branches. Traditionally, essence (jing), energy (chi) and spirit (shen) form the roots, and its main branches are diet, exercise, meditation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and alignment with the environment, nature and the cosmos.
Auricular therapy is one of the most important components of traditional Chinese acupuncture. It is a specialized form where the auricle (ear) is used to stimulate various organs and meridians in the body. The ear represents a fetus in the womb but in an inverted position. It is a microcosm of the macrocosm: the ear represents the entire body.