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SUNSHINE OFFICE - dr. ingrid b. riedel, md  - Zurich

SUNSHINE OFFICE - dr. ingrid b. riedel, md - Zurich

Your reliable partner for holistic and naturopathic medicine in Zurich.

WELL-BEING included

WELL-BEING included

Feel comfortably relaxed. Energetic healing restores your inner balance.

NATUROPATHY internalized

NATUROPATHY internalized

In harmony with nature - natural treatment methods gentle to your body.

FIRST-AID in Emergencies

FIRST-AID in Emergencies

Daily, we have free time reserved for emergencies and patients under acute pain.



A wide range of holistic therapies and modes of treatment are awaiting you.



Anti-Aging for Him and Her - Live longer - Age later

PAIN MANAGEMENT  - Acute and Chronic

PAIN MANAGEMENT - Acute and Chronic

Mitosan and Acupuncture - effective and gentle therapeutic methods against pain.

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from D to F small intestine - celiac disease

Permeability of the Small Intestine

The human small intestine´s active surface has the size of two complete tennis courts and represents our actual contact organ with our environment. The intestinal wall with its mucosa is as thin as our eye lid. It is a very critical organ, as it is extremely important and at the same time very susceptible to disorders. It enables us to ingest via food material all the vital nutrients, and on the other hand it has to protect us from harmful ingredients. Both functions may be adversely affected or disturbed, each function alone or in interaction with each other. Our small intestine contains in its lower sections a huge amount of bacteria and their metabolic products, as well as the waste products or our digestion.

Die Zelldurchschleusung - Dünndarmdurchlässigkeit - Resorption

Whenever the permeability of the small intestine is more elevated, then this  results in increased stress for our organism due to the increased amount of bacteria and molecules which cause inflammations. Supported is this state first of all by inflammatory changes of the mucosa in the intestine and by food allergies, or by taking certain medication over a longer period. This applies especially to medication against rheumatism, and also stimulants like nicotine and alcohol. Under certain circumstances this may lead to a vicious circle, so if a food allergy increases the permeability of the intestine, which in turn again will increase the allergy (coelic condition --> gluten intolerance).

Die Dünndarmdurchlässigkeit birgt eine erhöhte Belastung unseres Organismus in sich



Normal intestinal mucosa

Eine intakte normale Dünndarmschleimhaut für eine gesunde Ernährung 

  • here the villi are intact = the absorption surface for healthy food is extended
  • all interstices are closed = unwanted material stays outside


impaired intestinal mucosa

Eine zertstörte Dünndarmschleimhaut für eine schlechte Nahrungsmittelaufnahme

  • here the villi are less in number = the healthy food is less well absorbed
  • the interstices are enlarged = unwanted allergens can penetrate without passing obstacles

How can the permeability be examined?

For small molecules as simple sugar (monosaccharide) the mucosa of the small intestine is usually well permeably. Reality is a lot different in the case of larger molecules as the disaccharides. Therefore if – for the test purpose – substances are chosen, which cannot be degraded by our organism, their discharge in the urine can directly tell us about the reception of that substance into our intestine. The resolution test mixture, used here, consists of mannitol (simple sugar, fast absorption) and of lactulose (double-sugar, hardly absorbed). If the intestine functions normally, there will be found in the urine nothing but mannitol and very little lactulose. That means that the higher the percentage of lactulose is, the higher is the porosity of the intestine mucosa. The more reduced the capacity for absorption gets, the smaller is the amount of absorbed vital substances by out intestine (to keep in mind in case of unwanted weight loss and growth disorders).

A high level of lactulose excretion: permeability is elevated
A low level of mannitol or lactulose excretetion: low permeability, malabsorption

Possible treatments

  • nutrition in favor of the gut flora
  • reconstruction of the gut flora
  • to support digestion by enzymes
  • additional measure: determine the incompatibility of lactose (milk sugar, not to be confounded with lactulose)
  • glutamine
  • unsaturated fatty acids
  • selenium and zinc
  • pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and beta-carotene
  • softwood, Aloe Vera and Ginko Biloba
  • reduction of irritating medication, such as anti-rheumatic drugs

Please, do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information.

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We are pleased to advise you (above all also about coelic condition --> gluten allergy).

More time for the patient

Mehr Zeit für Sie - Dr. Riedel
A thorough diagnosis and also a diligent holistic therapy take their time. Therefore we allotted special therapeutic hours for specific examinations and for naturopathic therapies, which we offer as “body tailored” health services to you.


House calls

Hausbesuche beim Patienten
If required by the circumstances, there is no doubt that we make house calls. But, please, notice that all examinations can be performed a lot simpler and faster at my office.
We are happy to make house calls on demand in the areas around Zurich as listed below: Oerlikon - Wiedikon - Flughafen - Hauptbahnhof - Kreis 5 - Seebach - Affoltern - Höngg - Stauffacher ...                         -->

Prompt Aid in Emergency Cases

Schnelle Hilfe im Notfall - Dr. Riedel
To save you long waiting hours when in acute medical condition, we keep daily hours on hold for patients in pain and for emergencies.


Some points can be solved over the telephone

Telefonische Beratung - Dr. Riedel
For delivering diagnostic findings and short counselings, we have established a special telephone hour. Please, give us a call and get a date over the phone. 


Useful Information about our Therapy Concept

Behandlungskonzept - Dr Riedel
We, as your health coach, do not only want to assist you in getting healthier, but also in maintaining your health, as well as retaining your youth. Therefore prevention and health counseling are important key aspects of our efforts.


Your health advantage - Our optional services

Gesundheitsvorteile und Wahlleistungen
Most of the diagnostics methods and therapies - offered in our office - are paid for by your individual health insurance. Our naturopathic therapeutic offers and the individual health services offered serve to improve your personal health level.