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How to Ensure an Easy Death

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The master homeopath James Tyler Kent discusses the use of homeopathy in the last moments of life.

I am frequently asked. “What should be done in times of great suffering for immediate relief?” To those who desire to obtain reliable information, and who wish to practice in accordance with our principles, I would say. “Take the symptoms of each individual case and select the remedy capable of producing similar symptoms.” In a general way this is all that would be expected of me for an answer to the question, by those who are conversant with our materia medica.

Consumptives often suffer greatly when left to themselves, and some medical practitioners, knowing no better way, give Morphine and other stupefying agents, thinking that they allay human suffering. This kind of practice cannot be too strongly condemned. Firstly, it is an acknowledgment that our homoeopathic law is not all- embracing; secondly, it is the poorest kind of relief to the patient. But I would not deprive medical practitioners of all means of relief for their patients, without furnishing as good or better ones.

The consumptive, when going down the last grade, needs the comfort of a true healing art, and not the make-shifts of mongrelism of allopathy. The homoeopathic remedy is all that he, who knows how to use it, needs to allay the severest distress. Every true homoeopathist knows the value of these wonderful remedies.

A few hints may not be out of place. When the hectic fever, that so rapidly burns the patient up, is in full blast, with the hot afternoon skin, the night sweat, the constant burning thirst, the red spot on the cheek, the diarrhoea, the stool escapes when coughing, the intense fever in the afternoon, the constriction of the chest, suffocation, etc., then should Phosphorus very high be administered, but never repeated. An aggravation will follow, but it must not be meddled with, as it will soon pass off, leaving the patient free from fever, and he will go on till death, many times, comfortably. It is regrettable meddling that causes the dying man so much misery.

The distressed suffocation and inward distress in chest and stomach, streaming perspiration, great sinking, must have the clothing away from the neck, chest, abdomen, ghastly countenance, and choking, call for Lachesis, and it may be given as often as occasion requires, but to give satisfaction and prompt relief, not lower than the two hundredth potency.

To this ghastly picture, if we add, he is covered with a cold sweat, and there is one on either side of the bed fanning him, and the abdomen is distended with flatus, and the breath is cold, Carbo vegetabilis in water every hour for six hours, and stopped, will give rest and beatitude with many thanks.

But the time is yet coming when even these remedies will not serve us. The ghastliness of the picture has not changed, and to it we have added the pains of dying cells–death pains, the last suffering. Such pains come on when mortification begins. If it is in the abdomen, we may avert it by differentiating between Arsenicum and Secale, but if this pain comes in the last stage of consumptive changes, we are beyond these remedies. Much later there is a remedy, and it is Tarentula cubensis. It soothes the dying sufferer, as I have never seen any other remedy do. I have seen Arsenic, Carbo vegetabilis, Lycopodium, Lachesis, act kindly and quiet the last horrors, but Tarentula cubensis goes beyond these. I have lately administered it in the thirtieth centesimal potency.

When death is inevitable, and when the first-named remedies seem to be mostly indicated, but no longer act, and the friends say: “Doctor, cant you do something to relieve that horrible suffering? ” the pain, the rattling in the chest, with no power to throw the mucus out; the patient has but a few hours to suffer, but he can be made as quiet as with the terrible Morphine in a very few minutes by Tarentula in the thirtieth potency.

I believe that no physician would use a narcotic if he only knew a better way.
What is more inhuman than to leave the suffering patient in his last moments to writhe in the agonies of dissolution, surrounded by weeping friends. The true physician will embrace the opportunity to exercise his skill at these moments. It has come to pass that I am invited frequently to stand at the bed of moribund patients, whom I never attended during their curable ills, and as many times do I thank the Grand Master for the wonderful means of allaying the pangs of the flesh, without resort to the necessity of departing from that homoeopathic law which I have so many times pronounced universal, even in the last moments–a euthanasia.

About the author

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.

12 Comments

  • I really appreciate this article. I’m a student, and working in end of life care is a real interest of mine, helping people have a peaceful death/passing. Thank you.

  • DEAR DR,
    J T KENT IS A GREAT MASTER OF HOMEOPATHY, BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO APPRECIATE HIS ARTICLE ON EASY DEATH. SOME OF THE REMEDIES MAY CURE THE CASE EVEN AND PATIENT MAY LIVE LONGER . BUT THIS ARTICLE CONVEYS THE MESSAGE THAT HOMEOPATHS CAN KILL A PATIENT SO HE CAN BE UTILISED FOR THIS PURPOSE. SOME WILL ALSO BE AFRAID THAT HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES ARE NOT SAFE AND THEY CAN FACILITATE EASY DEATH. SO IT MAY GIVE WRONG MESSAGE TO GENERAL PEOPLE. HOMEOPATHIC DRS SHOULD THINK TO CURE THE PATIENT ALWAYS EVEN HE OR HIS RELATIVES DESIRE AN EASY DEATH FOR THE PATIENT OR THE DR MAY GO INTO SOME LEGAL TROUBLE SPECIALLY IN INDIA.
    THANKS
    DR SHEKHAR

    • Dear Dr. Gupta,
      This article reveals the masters ocianic knowledge that teaches us not to lose nerves and patience in case we come across such a situation. He clearly says that the patient is dying. He is beyond the curable stage. There is absolutely no way to save him. At that moment we are only trying to make his last moments less painful or even pain free. It is far from giving him a poison to kill him, but it is an effort to make his last journey comfortable.
      And some times it makes miracles too. I tell you my own case with my own daughter. In 1962 my daughter aged at that time 11 got measles. She was admitted to the infectious diseases’ hospital. In the hospital the girl’s condition worsened and in a couple of days the girl went into coma. After five days of treatment, one morning the team of doctors came and told me to pray to God only as nothing more could be done to save the child. After about fifteen minutes the hospital staff came and removed the equipment, sliding her bed on to one side. My mother-in-law was attending on her during the night. She put her finger into my daughter’s mouth and told me that it was cold and her breath was also cold. I touched her feet and legs they were cold too. At that time I was only a novice and had not yet qualified as a homeopath. I at once, remembered Dr. Kent’s note re- Carbo Veg. I ,immediately ran on my motor bike to the nearest homeopath and brought Carbo veg 6. I put a few pills into the child’s mouth. Only seeing is believing. In about 5 -7 minutes the girl passed water that ran through her bed on to the floor to make a pool. Then she opened her eyes and tears flowed from her eyes.The doctors treating her also wondered. Then I took her discharge from the hospital and put her on homeopathic treatment. That girl tody is 59, mother of two and grandmother of four. But for Kent’s note on Carbo veg, the story would have been altogether different. Thanks to Kent, Thanks to Carbo veg.

  • Dear Sir,
    You have explained a very good practical remedy means of Homeopathy in the end game of a human life.Homeopathy system is only capable to afford a pleasant travel to Death.It is not self-praising, it is true experiences.
    ganesan.m

  • well … very humane approach … the most important thing i find during last stages is to help person depart easily and help there family member to let go of patient is … stapsagaria in cm 50m and 10m potency … and belladonna in cm 10m and 50m potentency … these two medicine give peace and comfort to patients and their family … i give it to all dying patient and their immmediate family … and i find it exteremly beneficial for all of them … second important medicine i found is flora fibre of herbalife ins…. it really help to every terminal even worst cancer patient … i will try to write article … if time permit … for last stages of dying patients and their family …. blessings … very nice article and well done Hpathy

  • Oh, my, Alan, this was an important read for me, both in the full article and in the comments about it.
    Thank you so much for providing such.

    • Thanks for your comment Della. The old masters have so much to teach us. That brief article touched a very important topic.

  • The article gives a wonderful direction in the field generally ignored. It will help the doctors too taking it as a service to humanity. The area is mostly ignored & rarely thought of. Thanks for sharing.

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