Tantrists and Taoists believe that our physical bodies are intelligent and conscious right down to the cellular level. Consequently, the body is seen to be much more than a set of mechanistic organs and interconnecting physiological systems, which is the standard attitude adopted by Western allopathic medicine. The tantric viewpoint is that: “…the human body is, in the final analysis, not merely unconscious matter but a stepped-down version of superconscious Energy. […] if the body is not merely the sarcophagus of an immaterial soul but a vibrant, living reality suffused with the same Consciousness that also animates the mind, then we must cease to regard the body as an external object radically distinct from our conscious selves.
Let’s take a really basic dictionary definition of the word consciousness. Merriam-Webster defines consciousness as: “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself” and “the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought”. With these definitions in mind, we could say that if our cells are imbued with consciousness, it follows that they’ll be capable of responding to our emotions and mental inputs, for example our words, intentions and visualisations. Consequently, communicating, or communing, in some way with our body consciousness is an important and empowering practice to engage in whenever we’re undergoing health treatments (allopathic or natural) or taking medication (pharmaceuticals or natural remedies) as it can increase our chances of responding well to our health regime.
In my view, we give our power away too easily nowadays to physicians who focus solely on physical symptoms and consider the body to be some sort of machine that can be sawed apart, dismantled and put together again without any negative repercussions on its capacity to function harmoniously. In contrast, naturopathic practitioners treat the patient as a whole – not solely the visible symptoms of his/her illness. Nature’s treasure trove – plants, minerals, flowers, etc. – and/or energy-based therapies are used to help the sick person in his/her journey to renewed health by strengthening the body’s innate healing capabilities on the physical plane whilst, in parallel, facilitating the transmutation of any emotional or mental causal factors.
Excerpt from “Looking for Tantra”, due out September/October 2015
 Feuerstein, G. (1998) Tantra: the Path to Ecstasy. Shamballa Publications: Boston & London, p.185.
 Merriam-Webster: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consciousness Accessed 18 May 2015.