An article on Fingernail Analysis in Natural Health Techniques tells us what to look for regarding your moons. “There should be 8 of these. The lunulae on the little fingers should be missing according to Eastern Medicine Philosophy. The one on the thumbnail should be 25% or less than the total length of the nail from base to flesh line at the top”.
What You Can Do:
Small or No Moons: There is very little research on this topic; however, one study has shown that missing moons are associated with various systemic disorders including issues with your thyroid or pituitary gland, iron deficiency, chronic renal failure, depression and possible B-12 deficiency. Have your iodine and Vitamin B-12 levels checked? Have your thyroid function and blood pressure checked? Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful by Harvard Health details the symptoms and risks of B-12 deficiency which is somewhat rare but debilitating. Reduce your carbon monoxide exposure by staying more than 20 feet from the car in front of you, not idling your vehicle, and when in traffic using the “internal air circulation” setting on your heater, vent, and air conditioner.
(A side note on B-12 deficiency: I’m updating this post to include a note on MTHFR genetic testing. One of our commenters pointed out that she had that test and discovered that due to the MTHFR gene mutation she could only absorb vitamin B-12 and folic acid in its methylated form. I had the same test done recently and discovered the same thing. If you plan to have children, its crucial to get tested for this because if your body isn’t absorbing a folic acid that can be very detrimental to your fetus’ development and can lead to chronic miscarriage).
Large Moons have your blood pressure and thyroid checked. It’s a little more difficult to tell if your moons are overly large, so if your blood pressure and thyroid have been normal, there is no need to panic.
One of my excellent readers commented that she hoped for a post of what “normal” lunulae look like. Everyone is different so it’s hard to pinpoint normal, but I’m posting a couple of pictures thanks to Laws Dystopia Blog who wrote about a study linking the lack of fingernail moons with depression.