Tomasini: Medicinal wine is one part of a complete holistic system of life and health that blows me away every day. Alcohol is considered a toxin in TCM, so it is used sparingly and you only drink a shot or two at most at a time.
Chinese medicine/tai chi/kung fu are incredible.
Teaisme: Nice link, thank you! Yes, I even made friends with the Chinese med guys across the street. I buy dit dar jow (fall hit wine, used by kung fu practitioners for conditioning) there and the next time I'm sick I may give their medicine a try. I also know of one around five minutes away that really helped me when I had terrible bronchitis. He helped me kick it in three days when antibiotics would've taken five and messed up my system!
As for self medication, there's nothing wrong with it if you really know what you're doing. I just bought a book on Chinese medicinal wines that I can't wait to read through, but TCM is definitely a vast world!