Since April 2015, Dr Andrew Agius and his team have been researching various options to help patients with chronic pain that were still suffering despite the medication they had been prescribed. At The Pain Clinic, we advise patients on healthy lifestyle changes that can promote a pain-free environment and on nutritional supplements that can improve quality of life.

Our interdisciplinary team assesses the patient presenting with pain and identifies various options that could help with pain relief. We often recommend stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness meditation and yoga to calm the mind and nervous system. We encourage physical activity within the patient’s limits as we firmly believe that this is a very powerful healing tool and can provide a synergistic effect with prescribed medicine. Physiotherapy and guided stretching may be necessary for patients with symptoms of chronic pain who are advised to start exercising.

The Pain Clinic’s team of professionals recommends various health supplements to support health and well-being and specializes in the use of medical cannabis for the management of chronic pain. This medicine is available from pharmacies with a prescription, control card and permit from the Superintendent of Public Health.

Medical cannabis is very well-tolerated and does not have the side effects of many pain medications. For patients that do not require the strong medical cannabis available on prescription, The Pain Clinic recommends hemp-based supplements and cosmetics with <0.2% THC to support health and well-being. These supplements reportedly help patients cope better with their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

The Pain Clinic is currently carrying out some research in collaboration with the University of Athens on the role of hemp-based natural remedies in the management of chronic pain. Clinical trials are underway to develop tailor-made formulas to support patients with chronic diseases.

If you would like free advice on finding a hemp-based product to suit your needs, you can do this through an online questionnaire or through an appointment with our product specialist in Paola. 

The hemp supplements that we recommend are available from medifood.mt and on Bolt Food through Medifood Malta.

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