I drink yerba mate and other mate's on a regular basis. I like tea. I didn't know about the anti-inflammatory factor. Something to keep in mind is that it is one of the higher caffinated teas so if you don't tolerate caffeine I would stay away. There are other flavor or kinds of mate. If you like loose tea try teavana.com i have a teavana store near me so it's easier but soo good.
I haven't noticed the tea helping me in any way. Been flaring for over year.
Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08!
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea