Dr. Abby Caplin

Integrative Medicine
San Francisco, CA
42 years experience female

Locations

Abby Caplin, MD, MA

San Francisco, CA

Address

PO Box 31839, San Francisco, CA, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: 10am - 6:00pm
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About

Bio

I'm here to support you if you are living with chronic illness, whether or not you have been given a firm diagnosis. Except for introductory sessions, the usual time I spend with patients is an hour. I help you explore what you are dealing with, what matters to you, and what stressors might be negatively influencing your health. I can help you overcome hurdles that may be blocking you from getting what you need, what may be impeding your healing. A mind-body method that I frequently use with my patients is called Voice Dialogue. This is an experiential method used during a session when a patient tells me they are feeling conflicted about someone or something. I invite the different parts ("selves") to speak to me as if they were separate entities with their own viewpoints. When opposite "selves" get to air their feelings in a non-judgmental and appreciative forum, patients experience a reduction in stress and greater clarity about the issue at hand. I'm looking forward to meeting you, and helping you get started on the road to better health! I have been helping patients with Mind-Body medicine since 2002. I have over thirty years of training and experience. I have worked with people with many illnesses, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, arthritis, migraine headaches, hypertension, infertility, heart disease, diabetes, and other potentially disabling autoimmune-related conditions. My training includes a degree in Integral Counseling Psychology, and former training in pediatrics with a sub-specialty in Allergy-Immunology.

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Integrative Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

366 Answers
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Healthy diet: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you e... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
It can: It can affect flare ups if you are not getting enough fiber and water in your diet. You want to make sure that this is so, since not enough will cause... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Healthy foods!: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you e... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Psychotherapy: It's important to treat ptsd, and the best way is to seek out a psychotherapist who is experienced in helping people recover from traumatic events. I'... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
No!: Nutella is full of sugar and saturated fat, both leading causes of chronic illness (diabetes, heart disease, etc.). It will not help you lose weight, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Seek help: It's so hard to do this on your own! ask friends or look online for a psychotherapist in your city. Even if you go for just a few visits, it can make... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
It varies: Acute stress is experienced when you get scared. Chronic stress is problem because of the chronic release of cortisol and other mediators, which can l... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
The public library: Or sometimes hospital libraries carry good dvds. That's where i'd start looking. Sometimes medical communities and hospitals offer free classes. Commu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Costochondritis?: You could have inflammation of the cartilage where your ribs connect to your sternum. Other common possiblilites are acid reflux or trapped gas in the... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Use your imagination: Let yourself remember a beautiful place in nature that you've been to while on vacation, close your eyes and pretend you are there. Do this anywhere e... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Need more info: For general relaxation of eyes, you can try cupping your hands over your eyes, so that the warmth from your hands relaxes your eyelids. I'm not sure i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Hard to say: If it's bad. It depends on what's in the protein shake (besides protein--usually from milk, soy or egg) and what else you are eating. Shakes have diff... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Lots of things: Nutrient-poor diet, not enough sleep, anemia, medication or drug side effects, chronic stress, hidden illness (usually with other symptoms), etc... ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
So many choices!: Guided relaxation cds are a great way to start. Yoga and chi gung classes can teach you specific breathing techniques and movements that can relax you... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Studies abound: With so many different illnesses and mind-body approaches, many different studies have been published. Mind-body approaches should reduce stress on th... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Not serious: It sounds like it was pimple. You can have someone take a look at it, keep it clean (take a bath), use a bit of neosporin and/or drying agent with a l... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?: You might try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in a small amount to 1) dry up the mucus and 2) make you feel drowsy. Use a neti pot to rinse your sinuses ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
See your doctor: So sorry you are in such pain! you need to go see a doctor for this to take a full history and evaluate you. You need some relief!
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Side effects: You may be sensitive to the tannins and caffeine effects in the green tea. The concentration that you are using may be too high for your body to toler... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Stress reduction: In my experience, people with chronic migraines benefit from overall stress reduction, of which there are many methods. If you have had them since age... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Concerning: You need to go to your doctor for this problem. It's not normal to have this set of symptoms, and you need have your history taken and be examined!
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
See dermatologist: I'm so sorry you are suffering from acne. The dermatologist, or your pcp, can provide you with different forms of topical treatment that should help--... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Gastroenterology: If you haven't yet seen a gastroenterologist to confirm your diagnosis, it would be a good idea to do so. You want to make sure you don't have anythin... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
More support: It depends on your situation, but i would assume/hope that the palliative care you receive would support you physically and emotionally in the best wa... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Drink and eat: It sounds like it probably is stuck or created a spasm in your esophagus. Try sipping some tea to help it dissolve and calm the spasm. It will go down... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Not necessarily: Stress like that can also trigger migraine headaches.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Live your life: Take care of yourself in every way possible--medically, psychologically, spiritually. Don't label yourself. Read books that are healing for you. Be op... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
It depends: I agree with dr. Cattano's suggestions, and also have learned that each person is unique in terms of what foods are better tolerated than others. It's... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Let go of perfection: The need for perfection can ruin your experience. Assume that something unexpected will happen, hopefully nothing serious, and that it will serve as g... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Good question!: The reason for anxiety during physical exam will help you choose how to relax. Many people feel comforted when they are examined, because they feel ca... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Discouraged?: It sounds like you're struggling. It's probably time, if you haven't already done so, to get some support around this issue. A therapist or mind-body... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
What is the meaning?: It's important to look at what having a chronic illness means to you. What judgments do you, or others, hold about what it says about you? Is it reall... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Need follow up!: You need to follow up with your doctor about this. You should not be having intense abdominal pain and distension. This is not normal.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
See your doctor: You need a full examination with your doctor to evaluate the source of the pain. This is not normal.
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A member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Call doctor: I'm so sorry you are suffering. It sounds like you have an infection and need to see your doctor/pcp, especially since you are experiencing a sharp pa... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
It depends: It depends on what spiders mean to you, what they might signify. It's a good opportunity to explore your life with a psychotherapist to see what this ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Confusing: It depends on what is causing "abdominal hardness." this is not a common description, so if you have this, you need to be examined by a doctor to see ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Inflammation: A sed rate is just one marker that is used to assess whether or not inflammation may be present. Your medical history, physical exam, other bloodwork ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Yes.: Green tea can sometimes make people feel nauseated. You can try decaffinated green tea, but if it's still a problem, then it's not the caffeine, but s... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Walk: I recommend the "pajama walk." get out of bed in the morning, put on your shoeswalk, throw on your jacket to cover your pajamas, grab your keys, and h... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Dance: I agree with dr. Rosenfeld re: walking. Another way to begin is to put on music in your house that you really love, that you used to dance to, and jus... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
It depends: On what kind of exercise you are doing and what is going on inside your body. You may somehow be triggering a spasm in your intestine during your exer... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Mediterranean, and: Eat fresh real food, not food from packages or mixes. Organic food, free of pesticides, is ideal. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you e... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
No, but: You should ask your doctor to measure your vitamin d level. If it's low, you will need supplemental vit. D to raise it, and most likely to maintain th... Read More
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A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Follow instructions: I would call your doctor's office and ask directly what they want you to do. It's very important to follow the protocol you've been given. It's awful ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Sadly, it's easy: Having been there myself, i completely understand! you need a well-rounded plan that also addresses your caloric intake, an eating plan that gives you... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: Even though it's not something you want to do, you have to make sure you are ok. It will be great if it's a false alarm! please take care of yoursel... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
How terrible: I'm so sorry your mother died. It's a terrible thing to happen, and you are young to go through this. It's very important to get support, either throu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Vitamin D: Your doctor can check a vitamin d3 level in your blood. Your blood level will determine how much vit d3 supplementation you will need. The levels can ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 42 years experience
Different strategies: Fill up on things like cucumbers, fruit, salad. Leave the kitchen by 9 pm. Get a milk frother to make what goes on top of a cappuccino. Pretend it is ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Caplin brings to the table a new set of approach to the conventional medicine . It is my sincere hope the future of medicine is what Dr. Caplin and her colleagues are advocating . I learned a lot ...Read More
Mar 17, 2013
Dr Caplin's responses to patient questions on Healthtap show compassion, knowledge, common sense and above all else, demonstrate that she views a person as a whole, not just a symptom. I recommend Dr...Read More
Nov 4, 2012
Dr. Caplin practices medicine with her mind, heart, and soul. Her HealthTap responses are both knowledgeable and compassionate, and I'm very glad she's here!
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! I thought it might be diabetes or something nasty! Good to know it might just be this. I must admit I had eaten >4hrs prior.
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! It feels horrible not being able to swallow and when I do I get indegention I went to a pharmacy who said paryngitis
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Thanks for your quick reply! I eat a half bag of salad with beets, tomatoes', low fat dressing, a veggie burger for dinner and Still hungry.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters, Counseling Psychology
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

UTHSC, Houston, TX, 1984

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Integrative Medicine
Institute for the Study of Health and Illness
CCFA Community Medical Advisory Committee, Northern California

Publications

"Reclaiming the Meaning of Addiction Medicine" presentation, California Society of Addiction Medicine, Oct. 2013
CCFA workshops: "Living Well with IBD," "Writing for Your Health," "Positive Ways to Live with IBD."
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