Isha Surabhi An English majors graduate, former editor to two magazines, former Senior Content Writer to DU Times and a dedicated litterateur, for whom writing is the most aesthetic form of expression!

What Does Your Nail Reveal About Your Health

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Ayurveda, the ancient practice of medicine, originated from India ages ago. While it has many branches like Sushruta etc. One such is the method of physical diagnosis. It’s one of the most famous sub-branch is the art of nail assessment. It is also known as Nakha Parish. As other parts of a human body reveal a lot about health like ears, eyes skin, etc. In much a similar way, nails speak a lot too. They act as one of the best indicators regarding the phenomenon and issues which prevail within the body. Owing to the Ayurvedic science study, the nails are considered to be a secondary product of the bone component that is asthi dhatu. So, whenever your bones suffer an ailment, it reflects well on your nails. So, if you have thin nails, it shows that your bones are too thin and fragile and vice versa. 

What are the things nails reflect??? 

  • Bone density
  • Malabsorption
  • Lung ailment
  • Heart ailment
  • Metabolism level
  • Inflammation issues
  • Parasitic substance
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin diseases
  • Lupus
  • Thyroid(Both types) 
  • Digestive problems
  • Gl tract problems
  • Liver problems
  • Vata, pitta or Kapha

According to Ayurvedic science, all that we do and all that our body is constituted of is a part of doshic puzzle. This relates to nature which in Hindi is known as Prakriti. So, our nails prove to be an amazing indicator of which dosha is dominant in our body, and which is recessive. 

So, here we have a quick chart which shows the indications and respective doshas:

what nails reflect

Nail Physical Abnormalities and Their Respective Meaning:

Longitudinal Lines: These lines are considered as the most commonly occurring. But what many people aren’t aware of is the fact that it reflects malabsorption of vitamins and minerals. It covers the entire nail. And right from top to bottom it shows such lines. These lines do not show up clearly in light but can be felt well by touching. The density of these lines and ailment are directly proportional. Due to malabsorption, digestive issues and metabolism issues occur a lot. Also, an excess amount of toxicity occurs within the body due to this. Further inflammation problems are incurred within the GI tract. Three more such issues namely Vishama Agni, Manda Agni, and Tikshna Agni are there with effect to this. But this does not reveal the complete ailment, it reveals only one side of the coin. So it is important that the entire check-up is done before the treatment starts. 

Horizontal Lines: Whenever you see a deep line that is horizontal in shape with respect to the nails, the problem is there. Yes, and that too a very severe problem is there. It is reflective of infections within the body. Further, it also indicates that the body was suffering through a strong absence of nutrition in the growing years. If there is such a thing in the body at several nails, then a doctor’s consultancy is a must. Also, a large number of these lines show the undercurrent thyroid problem. 

No Moons: According to Ayurvedic science, the moon symbol that is the lunula reflects the magnitude of fire components within the body. If you find least or zero moons on your nails, then it shows that you are going too bad on digestive issues. And therefore it further shows the absence of a good metabolic rate. A lot of poisonous substances get built up in the body afterward. Also, as time passes by this becomes a reason for the generation of further diseases. All over, it needs quick attention from your medical practitioner. 

Large or Too Many Moons: If you notice a large or bigger moon as compared to the normal, then it shows that your body is functioning really well. Not all fingers may have the same size of the moons. The thumb has the largest moon while it keeps on depleting with its size further. But if this is too big, and doesn’t seem normal then, it may lead to issues like excessive acidity, inflammation, etc. Such problems are known as Pitta issues. This shows the presence of too much Agni within the body. Hence, some cool things should be eaten as well as drunk. But lastly, if you notice an entire finger to be white while only a little space is left at the top. Then it means that a lot of issues are there within your liver. 

So, these are some of the signs what nails reflect should be checked for. To know the complete list of the same, stay tuned! 

Take care! 💚

Isha Surabhi An English majors graduate, former editor to two magazines, former Senior Content Writer to DU Times and a dedicated litterateur, for whom writing is the most aesthetic form of expression!

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