This is an ornamental plant. The word, 'Thunbergia is given after the name of Swedish botanist Thunberg. The species name, 'mysorensis' is based on the name of the place, Mysore (Karnataka, India). Like other species of Thunbergia, this plant is also used as antibacterial, anthelmintic etc. in folklore. Still researches are needed.
Seeds are source of castor oil, used for medical and cosmetic purposes. Oil is well known purgative by causing irritation to intestine. The anti-inflammatory effect is also reported for the oil. In different skin related problems either, the oil is used.
Bixa orellana Linn. is a small tree, frequently known as Sinduri in Ayurveda. The seeds are claimed to be used as cordial, febrifuge, astringent etc. Red colour is obtained from seed coat which is due to carotenoid pigments.