There is a great deal known concerning the transfer of oxygen in the lungs from air to combine with hemoglobin and the release of carbon dioxide from hemoglobin to be expelled from the lungs, and about the other or complementary phase in the body tissues of the passage of oxygen from hemoglobin to the cellular tissues and the absorption of carbon dioxide from the cells by the hemoglobin. There is still much to be known about the particulars and the optimum circumstances for this physiological and so essential process.
As practicing physicians, we often come across cases of cyanosis of varying degrees with coldness of the skin and extremities. Part of our problems is to decide what part of the system is at fault, whether the heart, the vessels, the circulation or the exchange of gases in the lungs. The most important part of our problem is to decide what to do to correct it. As homoeopaths, this problem usually comes down to what remedy is indicated and required, for in functional or physiological cases the similimum will quickly correct the difficulty.
Here are two cases, both infants, both cured by the same remedy-quickly, easily and completely, requiring nothing else of the relief of their defective oxygenation.
The first case was in 1937. Baby James was born on February 23, 1937 normally and was apparently well. Four days later he developed blueness and coldness of extremities. He sleeps much, refuses the breast, but will take bottle of breast milk. He has a peculiar wheezing cry and wheezing breathing when asleep. He had X-ray and fluoroscopic examination of his heart, lungs, and thymus gland. He also had blood counts, urine analysis, etc. He was in the hands of a competent pediatrician who tried hard to find the cause, but, finding no organic cause, he could not treat the cyanosis.
March 1, 1937, I saw and examined the infant and found nothing further than cyanosis and a tight adherent prepuce. Ant. tart. 1M. March 3rd noted no more cyanosis., Baby less sleepy, cries better and is livelier. There was no recurrence of this syndrome.
The second case was similar, but happened in 1950. The infant was one month old and lived some 80 miles away in Wisconsin. Her hands and feet were always cold and bluish. Ever since her homecoming from the hospital, she would have spells of choking on swallowing or eructating any fluid. She would have a choking spasm, hold her breath and turn bluish. Several times her parents thought that she would die. No matter how carefully she was fed and “burped,” these spasms would occur. And, instead of improving, she appeared to grow worse as she grew older. She had Ant. tart. 200. on November 20, 1950. Since the family lived 80 miles away, I have them 4 doses, to be given as needed. When they reported by letter some weeks later, the mother stated that, after the second dose of Ant. tart., the baby had no more choking or cyanosis. And up to the present no recurrences.