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Cycas circinalis - Hintala

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Hintala, Cycas circinalis

Hintalabelongs to an ancient group of plants. It is a graceful palm like plant with though pinnate leaves and rough bark. Cycas circinalis is uncommon in India and can be found in dry as well as well as wet forests in peninsular India.


Arthritis, Burning sensation, Vomiting, Fever, Hemorrhoids.[1]

Parts Used

Bark, Leaves, Stem[2]

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Goddeechalu, Mundichalu
Hindi Jangli madan
Malayalam Eenthakay, Entha, Ichal, Indalapana, Toddapana
Tamil Intapanai, Kama, Kama-maram, Madana-kamampu
Telugu Dzavvubiyyamu, Kamakshi, Madana kamakshi, Madana mastu, Varugudu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Hintalah
English Sago palm, Cycad



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Madhura (Sweet). Kashaya (Astringent)


Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Oily)


Sheeta (cold)



Pitta, Vata



Palm like



Kind Shape Feature
Pinnate Crowded at top of stem The leaves are bright green, semiglossy, 150-250 cm long.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual Male and female on separate individuals Yellow-brown Male Sago plants develop a cone approximately 30 cm tall coming from the center of the top. Flowering season is May to November


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Globose The seeds have a spongy layer that allows them to float on water. As a slow growing plant, the seed can take from 6–18 months to germinate Fruiting season is May to November

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Season to grow

Soil type


Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area.

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  1. Uses
  2. "Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2" by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.594, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.
  3. Vernacular names
  4. Botanic description

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