HEALTH SIGNS FROM FINGERNAIL COLOUR
When looking for health signs from fingernail colour in palmistry, we apply the same principles as for the hands, which is to find something unusual.
A nail usually takes six months to grow from the root to tip so some markings can be timed based on where it is on the nail. As an example, a horizontal ridge half way along the nail would suggest a change around three months ago.
A typical healthy nail is pliable; it has a smooth texture; average thickness and the colour of the nail is typically light pink. The moons should be milky white, and usually only visible on the thumb. (Text continues below)
WORD OF WARNING
Please don’t make the mistake of diagnosing health signs from fingernail colour, palms or lines alone, because many of these indicators are in frequent change according to the individuals.
Bluish tinge within the nail bed can be due to circulatory or respiratory problems. Sometimes this is temporary due to cold weather or cold hands. It is normal for a woman to have bluish nails during the early teens and again at menopause when there are changes in the body hormones.
A white looking nail bed can suggest iron deficiency, low vitality or liver dysfunction. A pale, white or greyish tinge under the nails can indicate selfish leanings or lack of warmth. Depending on the quality of the nail, if it appears to be lifting off the quick, clouded, brittle and dry, it could indicate a fungal disease.
Yellow colour in the nail beds or a brownish discolouration, splotches or stains in the skin directly under the nail, can indicate jaundice, liver or gallbladder conditions.
These marks can also occur when there is a high level of bilirubin in the blood due to the body producing too much or not get rid of it fast enough.
When the nail itself is white and clouded on the top section and yellow at its base, it can signify kidney disease.
Other conditions can also cause yellowing, such as fungal infection or regular contact with heavy-duty chemicals on the nails.
Red fingernails mainly show a predisposition to poor circulation. Very red nails can be due to high blood pressure, bad temper or cardiovascular disease.