I’m Dr Viv Rolfe and I’ve worked in gut physiology and nutrition research for most of my career. I’ve a BSc (Honours) in Physiology and a PhD in Gut Physiology, and in 2021 I completed a Foundation in Herbal Medicine with Heartwood and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. I’ve always been interested in nature and spent my childhood in the Alkham Valley in Kent helping to save ancient woodlands from destruction. I’m passionate about the natural world whether I’m exploring it scientifically or through photography, crafts and writing.
The purpose of this website is to explore herbal research from all perspectives – be they philosophical or methodological. Modern medicine has not been about wholeness, it has been about parts. How do you capture the wisdom of thousands of years of herbal use with modern-day scientific methods? What can I learn as a scientist by understanding traditional herbal approaches from around the world? Who are the people and communities in this space?
In my spare time I’m a member of TreeSisters.org and play saxophone in the all female Sisters of Swing Big Band in Bristol, UK. All the sisters! I also play in the Matthew Kirby Band based in Cam Gloucestershire where I now live, and Belvoir Academy based in Leicestershire where I used to live.
Here is a recent piece of music that I wrote to celebrate TreeSisters.org planting 10 million trees. Here on SoundCloud.