Three things the 'semicircle' on your thumbnail could be saying about your health

By Pam Magwaza
25 June 2010

Your body could be telling you somethings . . . Listen!

Ever noticed a little semicircle at the base of your thumbnail? Well, according to Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, your body uses that marking to tell you a few things you need to know about the state of your health. This type of nail analysis is known as nakha pariksha.

The mark is actually called a lunula and the shape, size and colour let us know how healthy or unhealthy we are. These are a few of the things your body could be telling you through your lunula.

  1.  Your lunula should be visible

An absent lunula usually means a person is currently sick or is often prone to sickness. Though the lunula usually reappears once you're no longer ill.

2. The size of the lunula

The semicircle should take up at least one fifth of your thumbnail and should be a well-formed half circle. A small lunula is usually an indication of low energy, poor health and a weak immune system. An excessively large lunula may be an indication of problems with your cardiovascular system, heartbeat and low blood pressure. A large lunula is common in athletes but if it's present in a person who doesn't exercise, it could be an indication of stress.

3. The colour

Lunulas are usually ivory in colour, meaning you're healthy and strong.

Reddish/Pink:  This is an indication of either diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Purple: This could mean poor blood circulation to that area or the rest of your body. It could also be accompanied by dizziness and/or difficulty breathing.

Black: This is a serious sign of either heavy metal poisoning or heart disease.

For medical advice if you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor.

Sources: Bright side, Natural Health Techniques, Daily Bhaskar

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