The lunula is a very important part of your nail and if it ever gets damaged it can affect the growth of that nail forever. Here are some things you probably never knew about the lunula:
1. The lunula isn’t actually white
The lunula isn’t actually white but looks that way because the nail sits on top of it! The lunula is extremely sensitive and is most visible on the thumb.
2. The lunula is not a part of the nail
The lunula is not a part of the nail but acts as a layer on top of the skin and covers blood vessels which are underneath it. It sits directly under the nail and is not actually a part of it.
3. You can remove the nail and still have your lunula
If a nail is completely removed, the lunula will remain intact. Although everyone has a lunula, it is not visible on everyone’s nails.
In traditional Chinese medicine, your lunula can actually reveal quite a bit about the current state of your health. If there is a reddish stain on your lunula, it’s possible that you’re suffering from some kind of cardiovascular disease.
If your lunula seemed nonexistent, it was believed to be a potential sign of anemia and diabetes. However, a slow metabolism along with large amounts of toxins in your body could also be the cause of your shrinking lunula.
Traditional Chinese medicine also believed your lunula to be a representation of your energy levels.
It would be large and prominent if you were well energized, and small, or even completely gone if you were were lacking in energy, or malnourished.
A healthy person has between 8 and 10 lunulas with a mostly white color on both of their hands. Additionally, if your thumbs are the only fingers with lunula, you are likely to have low physical energy, and get sick more often.