Varanasi is full of ayurvedic imposters. Serious seekers should come here, the city's real-deal ayurvedic pharmacy. It's said to be especially effective in combating fever, insomnia, skin problems, IBS, stomach problems and body aches. Consultations with a doctor are free; prescriptions run from ₹20 to ₹2000. It's on a side street just off the main Shivala Rd.

Additionally, it works with a government initiative that encourages struggling local farmers to turn over a new leaf planting ayurvedic herbs.