Feeling good is within the power of your hands.
Where is Your Lunula?
Nail polish masks lunulae. Women usually do everything to possible to make hands attractive. Pedicures and nail polish can hide underlying problems. Healthy fingernails should be smooth and glossy with a white crescent called the lunula. On average, it occupies one fifth the surface near the cuticle. It is normal to have 8 to 10 visible lunula (two are generally absent from respective pinky fingers).
Lunula care is usually administered by those in the cosmetology and dermatology professions. But some suggest a cardiology correlation. The lunula is not just pigment. Even when the nail is totally removed, the lunula remains in place. It looks like another smaller fingernail embedded in the nail bed. It contains stem cells and nail plate matrix that help the nail grow.
Eastern Medicine Diagnosis
When a doctor looks at your hands during a routine exam, (s)he may see more than what you care to admit. Questions about how often you exercise might seem intrusive to non-athletic patients.
According to Eastern medicine, a more energetic person has correspondingly whiter lunulae. Minimal lunulae signals lower energy, poorer health, poor blood circulation, depleted immunity, and possible digestion problems.
When lunulae only appear on the thumbs, physical energy is insufficient and disease may be imminent. People with absent fingernail moons are not necessarily ill but they tend to have serious diseases when they do get sick. Conversely, some Western doctors may simply view lunula absence as atypical. Others express more concern.
Western Medicine Diagnosis
A red lunula is common among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In patients with Wilson’s disease (hepatolenticular degeneration), lunula is blue (azure lunula). Heart failure can show up as red lunula. Tetracycline therapy can turn it yellow. A blue-gray nail is indicative of silver poisoning.
Excessive fluoride ingestion may turn nails brown or black. Chronic renal failure affects almost all the systems of the body, including skin and appendages. Three nail disorders most common in patients with chronic renal failure are half-and-half nails, absent lunulae, and splinter hemorrhages.
Don’t “bite your nails” if you lack lunulae. Take it as a sign to exercise for better cardiovascular circulation and to subsequently feel A Bit More Healthy. The Understanding Skin anatomy poster includes cutaway illustration of the fingernail for further study of lunula.
To support the writing of useful articles about cardiology, ClinicalPosters sells human anatomy posters, scientific posters and other products online. You may sponsor specific articles, remit a small donation,Slide extra posters into DeuPair Frames without removing from the wallYou can donateYou may sponsor specific articles, remit a small donation,Slide extra posters into DeuPair Frames without removing from the wallYou may remit a small donationAlso shop for ClinicalPins that include more than lapel pins or leave an encouraging comment to keep the work going. Stay safe and A Bit More Healthy.
- Lunulae. dictionary.com/browse/lunula Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Fingernail Lunula (Little Moon). yourchineseastrology/palmistry/fingernail/lunula.htm Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Lunula (anatomy). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunula_(anatomy) Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Nail Abnormalities: Clues to Systemic Disease. American Family Physician. aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1417.html Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Nail disorders and systemic disease: What the nails tell us. mdedge.com/jfponline/article/63260/nail-disorders-and-systemic-disease-what-nails-tell-us Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Wilson’s disease. mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wilsons-disease/basics/definition/con-20043499 Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Nail – Anatomy. plarecon.com/nail-anatomy/ Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- Nail disorders in patients with chronic renal failure undergoing hemodialysis. Martinez, M.A.R., et al., 2010. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20676464 Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
- What is the function of the lunula? quora.com/unanswered/There-is-no-lunula-in-my-nail-Is-there-something-wrong# Retrieved 1 Apr 2019
Access more article features and references.