2010 October

Neptunium nitricum: wise beyond his years

by Patricia Le Roux

Neptunium is a radioactive remedy and a well-known actinide in homeopathy. It is completed by conjugated elements or salts (Neptunium muriaticum and nitricum). Neptunium nitricum is relatively unknown, unlike Neptunium muriaticum, which has been recently proved.[1]

The Neptunium element does not exist in nature; it is obtained by bombarding Uranium with slow moving neutrons. It has a very long half-life and seems less radioactive than Plutonium. The name Neptunium is derived from the planet Neptune. This planet is evocative of the sea with its aquatic aspect, clear and infinite. In mythology, Neptune is the god of the sea; of the great depths. From this picture, we can observe that patients needing Neptunium function in an altruistic communication system, which is the one of the third dimension of love: the universal love[2] 


Neptunium is a chemical element Np and atomic number 93. A radioactive metallic element, neptunium is the first transuranic element and belongs to the actinide series. Its most stable isotope, 237Np, is a by-product of nuclear reactors and plutonium production. Neptunium is also found in trace amounts in uranium ores due to transmutation reactions. As Neptunium comes after Uranium in the periodic table, it has been named after the planet Neptune, which comes after Uranus in the solar system.

Neptunium was discovered by Edwin McMillan and Philip Abelson in 1940, at the University of California’s Berkeley Radiation Laboratory. The team produced the neptunium isotope 239Np (2.4 day half-life) by bombarding uranium with slow moving neutrons. It was the first transuranium element produced synthetically and the first actinide series transuranium element discovered.

Conceptual approach of Neptunium metallicum (Jan Scholten)

Neptunium belongs to the 7th series: sense of duty, strong energy that needs to be channeled. Alternates between hyper-activity and auto-destruction. It belongs to the 7th stage: he is active and practices.

The elements in the column are: Manganum (Mn), Technetium (Tc), Rhenium (Re)

We will reiterate the common symptoms as follows: he is in the apprenticeship phase. He must practice; he fine-tunes; he expects encouragement and praise; he has a good sense of cooperation; he helps.

Neptunium belongs to the Actinides (M. Plouvier-Suijs)

Altruism and communication

Wisdom and reflection

Observe and perceive

Sensitivity, compassion, and empathy

Universal truth

Bond with the grandmother

Keywords for Neptunium: high sense of responsibilities in people bursting with energy, he practices, he is about to blow up; he needs to practice to avoid disintegration.

Themes for Neptunium metallicum (M. Plouvier-Suijs)

- Communication

He likes to communicate with others. The communication is natural and authentic but not necessarily with a clear conclusion.


He seeks wisdom. He has a certain perception of the after-life. Wisdom leads to the respect of others, particularly the doctor but also of people with expertise.

- Observation and perception

Observation is precise, sometimes reinforced. He perceived unusual things.

- Overview, transparency

He has an overview of the situation and is able to advice others about theirs. He likes to clean and put things in order (proving’s theme).

- Sensitivity, empathy, compassion

He is sensitive and full of compassion while communicating with others.

- Universal truth

He has values but has difficulties expressing them.

- Old age, grandmother

He has a specific bond with the grandmother; he is not dictatorial but encouraging.


B., a nine year old boy, comes for recurring eczema since the age of three, in July 2005. B. comes from an intellectual and artistic family. The parents are separated; the father is a film director and the mother is a musician, soloist soprano from Great Britain. B. is an only child and lives at the rhythm of his parents’ shows and performances. His grandmother, the only emotional anchor of the family, often looks after him (Theme: grandmother, old age). B. is a child of above normal intelligence, with surprising abilities for analysis. He is bursting with energy (Theme: 7th series) and his parents describe him as ‘very tiring’ since a young age; as the mother comments, it seems that he cumulates the creative potential of both parents. B. is very keen on rowing, a sport widely practiced in his town, and is a judo champion.

When he decides on a task, he steadily works on it (practice: 7th stage) and keeps at it till completion. He suffers from isolation and is shunned by his school’s friends. He has, however, good relationships with people outside the school. He is anxious when he has to sit exams, as he has dyslexia and make numerous spelling mistakes.

He is good and quick at judging emotional situations, even showing real clairvoyance; he intimidated others with his intellectual abilities, which are confirmed by his excellent school results. His behaviour during the consultation is disconcerting; he is absolutely perfect, analyses his symptoms (observe and perceive), and pinpoints his aggravations and ameliorations, as if he was presenting his symptoms on a tray. One gets the feeling of an extremely wise child. At home, he is the perfect child; everything is organized and tidy, from his school bag to his home work!

When I ask him about his career choice, he turns to his mother saying: “You know, I can’t tell but I’ve told you…!” The mother has forgotten … After five silent minutes, he tells me that he wants to be a … priest! We are, at this time, 2010, in a very ‘eventful’ context regarding the church – pedophilia and others related issues – and to confess such a vocation is akin to dropping a radioactive bomb: an infinite ideal! 

Prescription: Neptunium nitricum 1M


A month later, the cutaneous lesions have subsided and the skin has taken on a more natural appearance. There is a re-occurrence of constipation, an old symptom from infancy, for which he received Sac Lac.


Six months later, he is again anxious and worried for his future, with reappearance of cutaneous lesions but localised in the skin folds. I repeat Neptunium 1M.

I see him again a year later, and the eczema has completely disappeared.


Neptunium belongs to the Actinides series, which central theme is energy and its equilibrium. Neptunium is shifting from the individual to the collective. He works at it with application and regularity, and reaches his goal.  


[1] Links no 2, 2001, Didier Lüstig and Jaques Rey (Ecole Hahnemannienne de Fréjus) have described the proving of Neptunium Muriaticum. 

[2] Didier Grandgeorge: L'esprit du remède homéopathique; ce que le mal a dit, Editions Edicomm, 2003

Photos: Wikimedia Commons
Berlin-Mitte. Der Neptunbrunnen, die zentrale „Neptun“-Figur. Manfred Brückels
NASA photo of Neptune

Keywords: eczema, grandmother, bursting with energy, practices, wise, observe, perceive
Remedies: Neptunium nitricum


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