The lunula, originating from the Latin word for “little moon”, is the white area around the nails. This tiny part of the nail is very sensitive and highly prone to damage.
However, if you just damage the rest of the nail and it falls off or is surgically removed the lunula will remain intact and in its place. It is not actually white but only appears so when it is seen through the nail.
The white shade of the “half-moon” is clear in light of the fact that the fifth basal layer of the epidermis is “concealing” the veins situated underneath. It is most visible on the thumbs, yet not every lunula is noticeable.
According to alternative medicine, the lunula can tell a lot about your health. In fact, Chinese medicine suggests that the lack of lunula may be a sign of diabetes or anemia. If the lunula is red-colored, it may indicate cardiovascular issues.
Half Moon Shape…
Lack of lunula or having very small lunula often indicates indigestion, which is caused by accumulation of toxins and slow metabolism.