Murikootti is native to Southeast Asia and is a tropical perennial herb which grows up to 30cm height. It belongs to Acanthaceae plant family. Murikootti is native to Indonesia, cultivated in India. Mostly grown as an ornamental plant for its strikingly attractive and lush appearance and foliage, its medicinal uses are mostly overlooked save for in Ayurveda. Word meaning of Murikootti is wound healer. It is also an air freshener plant. Due to its colorful foliages, It is using as a garden plant. It could be grown as indoor or outdoor potted plant or as hanging plants. Traditionally use it as drugs, dyes and food supplements.
Paste of leaves applied to fresh wounds to stop bleeding and promote healing. Recent studies show that the plants extracts have enhanced antibacterial, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.