Yerba Mate Definition

Yerba Mate comes from the Ilex paraguariensis which is a small South American tree that’s leaves contain caffeine and other xanthines. People have been toasting its leaves throughout history to use as a stimulant tea. Yerba Mate is traditionally consumed in subtropical South America, particularly northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. However it is available for sale in many companies that offer herbal teas and supplements, as well as being sold over the internet.

Yerba Mate Uses

Yerba Mate is used as a stimulant tea. Its effects are similar to that as caffeine and it is just as addicting. Those who drink Yerba Mate teas find themselves requiring more to experience its stimulant effects. Regular use of Yerba Mate teas leaves them hooked, requiring it throughout the day to keep up their energy. Regular Yerba Mate users are at high risk of dependency.

 Yerba Mate Signs and Symptoms

Yerba Mates effects on the human body are similar to that of caffeine. Regular users develop a tolerance, requiring more of the tea to achieve the desired effects. They will develop a dependency to Yerba Mate, when they do not full fill their cravings for more they may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of Yerba Mate withdrawal;

  • Chills and/or hot spells
  • Decreased alertness
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Digestive issues (usually constipation, but sometimes also nausea and / or vomiting)
  • Fatigue, lethargy and / or sleepiness
  • Headaches, ranging from moderate to severe, and usually starting behind the eyes before spreading
  • Irritability (moderate to extreme) and restlessness
  • Insomnia (Although it seems counterintuitive, this can be an issue for some people!)
  • Muscle stiffness and / or pain
  • Sinus issues (usually blocked sinuses or cold-like symptoms)

Yerba Mate Addiction Treatment

Yerba Mate addiction is not typically life threatening. Addicts often experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that take time to overcome. For most people who are addicted to Yerba Mate simple dose reduction is all that is required. Many do choose to quit its use cold turkey, working through the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal for a week to two weeks and fighting through cravings for monthers. There are prescription medications available to those looking to overcome Yerba Mate addiction. Speak to your primary care doctor for recommendations on the best coarse of treatment to overcome your Yerba Mate addiction.